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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th District of Pennsylvania

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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

Jun 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced bipartisan legislation on Wednesday that would help nonprofit organizations become more energy efficient.

Jun 4, 2019 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced a federal grant of more than $2.5 million for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP), which will ensure the safety of travelers who come to Northeastern Pennsylvania and increase efficiency at our region’s only mid-sized airport.

Apr 15, 2019 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted Capital Fund Awards totaling $12,820,565 to housing agencies across Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Public Housing Capital Fund Award is granted annually by HUD to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements.

The following is a list of Capital Fund Award recipients and the amount provided:

Mar 21, 2019 Press Release

Pittston, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the NEPA Alliance received $70,000 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration for the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS).

Mar 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) introduced legislation on Thursday to protect American consumers by giving them greater freedom to choose where they fill drug prescriptions for their household pets.

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 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.