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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th District of Pennsylvania


Energy and Environment

Congressman Cartwright recognizes the connection between the production of American energy and the strength of the American economy.  At the same time, he feels that energy production and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. 

Congressman Cartwright is fighting for an “all-of-the-above” approach to investing in American energy.  He believes in utilizing domestic resources in an environmentally responsible manner, finding newer, better uses for older forms of energy production, and investing in sustainable clean energy technologies to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District is blessed with abundant natural resources and wild areas.  From the Delaware River, one of America’s pristine waterways, to the Pocono Mountains, conservation of our abundant natural landscape is an important ecological and economic priority of Congressman Cartwright.  To help preserve and protect our water resources, the Congressman will fight to repeal the “Halliburton loophole,“ the provision in the Clean Water Act that allows companies to hide the chemicals that they use for underground hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” and work to revitalize areas that have faced ecological disasters.

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Jan 15, 2020 Press Release


Washington, DC – Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources approved the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2019 (H.R. 4248), legislation authored by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) to ensure the clean-up of dangerous abandoned mine sites across the U.S. can continue. The committee’s vote clears the way for this legislation to be considered on the House floor.

Dec 20, 2019 Press Release


Washington, DC – Language from legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) to help communities prepare for natural disasters and extreme weather incidents was included in the fiscal year 2020 funding legislation, which is expected to be signed into law by President Trump today.

Dec 20, 2019 Press Release


Washington, DC – The legislation that will fully fund the federal government through September 30, 2020, includes priorities fought for by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) that will improve the lives of Northeastern Pennsylvanians and boost the regional economy. Rep. Cartwright voted Tuesday to pass the funding packages in the full House of Representatives. The U.S. Senate passed the bills Thursday, and President Trump is expected to sign them today.

Dec 19, 2019 Press Release


Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) introduced the Consortia-Led Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Networks Act in both the U.S. House and Senate to spur the development and deployment of clean energy and advanced manufacturing technologies in the United States.

Dec 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – House and Senate leaders today reached an agreement on two fiscal year 2020 federal spending packages, one of which includes funding secured by Rep. Cartwright to offset the costs of improving stormwater infrastructure in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Dec 2, 2019 Press Release


Washington, DC – On November 14, the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on Representative Matt Cartwright’s (PA-08) Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2019 (H.R. 4248). This legislation would reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Trust Fund and enable states to continue restoring polluted and dangerous mining sites and spur economic development in depressed former coal communities.

Sep 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) introduced legislation that will protect American taxpayers by prohibiting the dangerous practice of “self-bonding” in the coal sector.

Sep 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Reps. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Daniel Webster (FL-11) unveiled legislation on Tuesday to make sure Americans are prepared for extreme weather events, establishing best practices across the government in order to protect communities while saving taxpayer money.

Sep 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15) introduced legislation on Monday to clean up America’s abandoned coal mines, by ensuring states have enough resources to restore polluted sites to their original condition and to spur new economic development in former coal communities. 

Aug 30, 2019 Press Release

Scranton, PACongressman Matt Cartwright (PA-o8) is pleased to announce that the USDA is accepting applications for loan guarantees and grants to help small businesses and agricultural producers invest in energy efficiency.

These loan guarantees and grants are part of USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was created under the 2008 Farm Bill.