Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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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 17th 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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Jun 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DCU.S. Representative Matt Cartwright released the following statement after the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 1731, the RECLAIM Act.  The bill now heads to the House floor for consideration.

“It’s vital to address the often devastating environmental legacy of abandoned mines. I’m proud to be the lead Democrat on a bill that goes a long way towards addressing the needs of communities most affected by the collapse of the coal industry.

Jun 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill introduced by U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and Peter Welch (VT-AL) to improve energy efficiency. The Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act (H.R. 627) provides a coordinating structure to help schools better navigate available federal programs and financing options. This legislation also unanimously passed the House in both 2014 and 2016.

Jun 9, 2017 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced InnaVenture Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received $250,000 in Small Business Vouchers (SBV) to work with InnaVenture LLC, Wilkes-Barre.  SBV facilitates access to the Department of Energy (DOE)’s national labs, enabling them to tap into the intellectual and technical resources needed to overcome critical technology challenges for their advanced energy products and gain a global competitive advantage.

Jun 7, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright’s legislation to encourage energy efficiency unanimously passed the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The bipartisan Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act (H.R. 627) provides a coordinating structure to help schools better navigate available federal programs and financing options for energy efficiency improvements to their facilities. First introduced in the 113th Congress, the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act unanimously passed the House in 2014 and 2016.

Mar 9, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Matt Cartwright introduced a bipartisan bill that would strengthen America’s ability to withstand the challenges posed by climate change. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SUCCESS Act directs NIST to convene an effort to make consistent, authoritative set of climate information available to standard-developing organizations (SDOs).

Jan 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright and U.S. Representative Peter Welch re-introduced the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act (H.R. 627) with the support of education and environmental advocacy groups and 43 bipartisan cosponsors.  First introduced in the 113th Congress, the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act unanimously passed the House in 2014 and 2016.

Jan 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright re-introduced legislation that would modernize our nation’s plumbing systems.

First introduced in the 114th Congress, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Plumbing Research Act of 2017 (H.R. 301) directs NIST to research how to improve the safety, water-efficiency, and reliability of our plumbing systems.

Dec 6, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Matt Cartwright’s Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2015 (H.R. 756) unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives.  First introduced in February 2014, the bill also unanimously passed the House during the 113th Congress.

Dec 2, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Plumbing Research Act of 2016 (H.R. 6424), legislation that would invest in research to bring the data for U.S. plumbing standards into the 21st century, making our plumbing systems safer, more reliable, and more water-efficient.

The bill accomplishes this by directing the NIST to conduct research on plumbing systems.

Sep 29, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced the Scoring Calculations for Our Residential Energy (SCORE) Act, legislation that will help homeowners better understand their home’s energy efficiency and give homeowners a clear, cost effective plan to save money and reduce their energy use.