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Jobs and the Economy

As he has long said, Congressman Cartwright’s number one priority is to bring good-paying, family-sustaining jobs to Northeastern Pennsylvania.  While the people of the 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania are known for valuing hard work, the recent recession has created a lasting impact. 

To create jobs, Congressman Cartwright will act to ensure that Congress is investing in infrastructure, and that the 8th District is getting its share of these projects.  Pennsylvania has thousands of structurally deficient bridges that need repair and thousands of unemployed workers who have the skills to correct this issue.  The Congressman will act to ensure that the two are linked.  Also, Congressman Cartwright will work to expand rail service to the district and bring new clean energy jobs to the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

While addressing our immediate needs is important, Congressman Cartwright also recognizes that we need to create long-term, sustainable jobs so that future generations of Northeastern Pennsylvanians will live in prosperity.  To accomplish this goal, Congressman Cartwright will act to bolster our public education system and ensure that this generation of Americans can compete in the world-wide marketplace.

The engine that drives the economy of northeastern Pennsylvania and the United States is small business.  Congressman Cartwright will work to ensure that the small businesses in the 8th district are on a level playing field with their larger competitors, so that their growth can continue.

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More on Jobs and the Economy

Jul 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that he will co-sponsor five pieces of legislation to bolster the American medical supply chain amid a nationwide coronavirus case surge that threatens to cause another shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Jul 2, 2020 Press Release

Dallas, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that Misericordia University was awarded $263,567 in federal relief amid the coronavirus pandemic through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH is distributing economic stabilization grants with federal CARES Act funding to support cultural institutions, non-profits and educational programming.

Jul 1, 2020 Press Release

Avoca, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced a total federal award of $1,678,258 through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) to extend a taxiway and increase efficiency at our region’s only mid-sized airport. The funding is distributed through the FAA Airport Improvement Program and supported in part by CARES Act appropriations.

Jul 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today voted to pass the Moving Forward Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes two of his bills that would address the problem of abandoned mine lands in northeastern Pennsylvania and across the country. These bills would help eliminate dangerous health and safety risks like acid mine drainage, while making way for new economic development.

Jun 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced support for the sweeping new House infrastructure proposal unveiled this week, the Moving Forward Act, which includes two of his bills that would address the problem of abandoned mine lands in northeastern Pennsylvania and across the country. These bills would help eliminate dangerous health and safety risks like acid mine drainage, while making way for new economic development.

Jun 25, 2020 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced a total of $30,000 awarded to the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society through a National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Act economic stabilization grant. This funding will enable the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society to retain three full-time and part-time staff positions and technical consultation to oversee collection digitization and virtual outreach activities.

Jun 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) joined U.S. Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45) and 77 of his U.S. House colleagues to express concern about the lack of responsiveness from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to constituents about their Economic Impact Payments (EIP) provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Jun 19, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education received $6,054,730 from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Payment Program.

Jun 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) led a group of Congressional Democrats and Republicans representing Pennsylvania in introducing the Pennsylvania National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act.

Jun 2, 2020 Press Release

Hazleton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that the Hazleton Police Department has received a $1,342,497 grant through the federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program to support the hiring of additional law enforcement officers.