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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

Feb 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday evening, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) voted to pass H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, in the U.S. House, bold legislation to strengthen workers’ collective bargaining rights.

Feb 5, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Hal Rogers (KY-05) introduced the Transforming Hiring in Rural Industries and Vital Economies (THRIVE) Act, legislation that would create new economic opportunities in rural areas.

Jan 23, 2020 Press Release

Swoyersville, PA – At a press conference at the Harry E. waste coal site, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08), U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA-09), and state and local elected officials welcomed recent progress on legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to provide Northeastern Pennsylvania with long-term federal funding for the clean-up of unreclaimed abandoned mine land (AML) sites in the region.

Dec 20, 2019 Press Release


Washington, DC – The legislation that will fully fund the federal government through September 30, 2020, includes priorities fought for by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) that will improve the lives of Northeastern Pennsylvanians and boost the regional economy. Rep. Cartwright voted Tuesday to pass the funding packages in the full House of Representatives. The U.S. Senate passed the bills Thursday, and President Trump is expected to sign them today.

Dec 19, 2019 Press Release


Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today issued the following statement after voting to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in the U.S. House of Representatives:

Dec 18, 2019 Press Release


Ashley, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced a $97,546 federal grant awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to the Earth Conservancy to support one 18-month cycle of its Environmental Workforce Training (EWT) Program.

The EWT program will help at least 20 unemployed, underemployed or dislocated residents obtain new or enhanced employment. Local companies will also benefit from having new hires trained through this program who are ready for work on day one.

Dec 17, 2019 In The News


Hourly employees at Tobyhanna Army Depot would earn more under a bill introduced by Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, and Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, in the U.S. House and Senate.

Pay for hourly employees is based on 1950s military installation placements, while salaried workers are paid based on metropolitan markets — in this case, the New York City region, whose boundaries are based on commuting patterns. Hourly employees are considered part of the lower-earning Scranton wage area.

Dec 14, 2019 In The News


The Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania received a $70,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced Friday.

The grant supports the council’s economic development strategy for the region, which includes Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties, according to the announcement from Cartwright, D-8, Moosic.

The funds are distributed through the U.S. Economic Development Administration.


Dec 13, 2019 Press Release


Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that the Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania received a $70,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, distributed via the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for economic development district planning.

Dec 11, 2019 Press Release


Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (PA) introduced the Locality Pay Equity Act in both the U.S. House and Senate.

Under the current system, the locality boundaries for salaried workers are based on metropolitan markets, while the boundaries for hourly workers are still based on 1950s era military installation placements. This has led to a significant pay gap at the Tobyhanna Army Depot.