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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th District of Pennsylvania


Fiscal Responsibility

As a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Congressman Cartwright takes seriously his responsibility to ensure that government is utilizing taxpayers’ hard earned money effectively.  He plans to fight hard to combat waste, fraud, and abuse, while ensuring new government programs focus on growing our economy and creating opportunity. 

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Jun 4, 2019 Press Release
The federal grant, which totals $2,550,174, will be used to improve a runway at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and to enhance its lighting.
Dec 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—After successful passage of H.R. 2, The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, (commonly known as the Farm Bill) Congressman Matt Cartwright highlighted the gains achieved, especially for those in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Wednesday the combined conference report passed the House with a vote of 369-47. It weds the needs of both rural and urban communities to ensure the bill reflects the breadth of America.

Oct 26, 2018 Press Release

Taylor, PA – Lackawanna County will receive $784,883 in federal funds to reconstruct and pave a 1.1-mile section of previously unpaved roadway that services Stauffer Industrial Park. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), an independent federal entity that serves Pennsylvania and other eastern mountain states, announced approval of the funds this week.

The paving will enhance access to the industrial park from highly-traveled Keyser Avenue and Oak Street, which connect to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Oct 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC--Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17) released the following statement regarding the announcement of a 2.8 percent increase in the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security recipients:

“Social Security has been our nation’s most effective anti-poverty program for senior citizens and Americans with disabilities.

Sep 27, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – House Appropriations Committee Member Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17) released the following statement regarding final passage Wednesday of the two-bill, fiscal year 2019 “minibus” appropriations bill and a Continuing Resolution to fund remaining unfunded parts of the federal government through December 7, 2018 (in order to avoid a partial government shutdown).

Sep 26, 2018 Press Release

Jim Thorpe, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that a grant in the amount of $300,952 has been awarded to the County of Carbon by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program.  

Sep 26, 2018 Press Release

Frackville, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development division awarded a Multi-Family Housing Loan Guarantee to the Central Pennsylvania Development Association in Schuylkill County.

Sep 20, 2018 Press Release

Easton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service awarded a $248,373 Farmers Market Promotion Program grant to the Nurture Nature Center to develop a robust, data-driven promotional campaign that seeks to engage the public in new ways.


Sep 19, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced the Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities Investment Act of 2018, a bill that would provide $70 million to struggling historic coal communities to help build economic resilience, diversify industries, and promote new job creation opportunities; ensure fair returns on publicly owned coal; and improve the transparency of the federal coal program.  

Sep 17, 2018 Press Release

Orwigsburg, PA– Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded Deer Lake & West Brunswick Fire Co. #1 with a $273,810 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).