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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th 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 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, which protects the right of public employees to join unions and engage in collective bargaining on behalf of middle class workers. This is a crucial time when public sector unions are under attack; the latest being the Supreme Court’s serious setback to working people in the Janus v. AFSCME decision.

Jun 21, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Matt Cartwright announced today that Tobyhanna Army Depot’s planned hiring of  more than 100 new engineers, IT specialists, electronics technicians, and related trades personnel is to support a $150 million increase in spending during federal fiscal year 2019 on WIN-T work, the development and maintenance of the Army’s most modern communications systems.

Jun 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released to the public a dire report regarding the sustainability of the federal Black Lung Trust Fund, which covers medical and living expenses for former coal mine workers who have the devastating and potentially deadly disease of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (also known as black lung disease).

May 24, 2018 Press Release


Washington, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to include an amendment sponsored by Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) that supports army depots across the country, including Tobyhanna Army Depot, in the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

May 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Democratic U.S. Congressmen Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and Republican U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) reintroduced the bipartisan Children’s Savings Accounts Offer Parents Plenty of Reasons to Understand aNd Invest in Tuition Yearly (CSA OPPORTUNITY) Act with the support of eight House colleagues.

Apr 27, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and Leonard Lance (NJ-07) passed bipartisan legislation through the full House of Representatives. The PREPARE Act (H.R. 4177) will improve government preparedness for extreme weather incidents. The bill previously passed out of both Transportation & Infrastructure and the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee and today passed the House as an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act.

Apr 13, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, bipartisan legislation developed and introduced by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17) was passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. 

Apr 5, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright offered his support for the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recommendation, announced today, that the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) be amended to prohibit coal companies from the practice of self-bonding for coal mine reclamation – or, in other words, self-insuring for environmental cleanup.  Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) currently holds $1.2 billion in self-bonds for mine reclamation.

Mar 28, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, President Trump signed into law U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright’s Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting (EGO) Act. The EGO Act prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for portraits of government officials.

Mar 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting (EGO) Act, which would prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for portraits of government officials. U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-17) introduced the EGO Act last March.