Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th 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 17th 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 17th 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 17th 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

Oct 20, 2017 Press Release

Easton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that The Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology received a $100,000 federal grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). This grant will provide funding for a study of the proposed Science Center and Aquarium envisioned for downtown Easton.

Oct 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright, a co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Rebuilding America Task Force, wrote to President Donald Trump calling on his administration to develop a comprehensive infrastructure plan.

Rep. Cartwright urged the president to immediately develop an infrastructure plan that includes job opportunities with fair wages, skill development programs, and comprehensive improvements for our schools, roads, and bridges.

Sep 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that he will serve in a leadership role in the Jobs for America task forces, a unified effort from the House Democratic Caucus to craft a legislative agenda to benefit hardworking Americans and middle-class families.

Rep. Cartwright will serve as co-chair for the Rebuilding America Task Force.

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – A bipartisan amendment offered by Rep. Cartwright to protect federal civilian jobs, including jobs at the Tobyhanna Army Depot, passed the House of Representatives yesterday. This amendment prohibits the Department of Defense from using funds to conduct new A-76 studies.

Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government passed a bill that included language from U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright’s Wage Grade Employee Parity Act.  Rep. Cartwright is a member of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. The bill now goes before the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration.

Jun 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DCU.S. Representative Matt Cartwright released the following statement after the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 1731, the RECLAIM Act.  The bill now heads to the House floor for consideration.

“It’s vital to address the often devastating environmental legacy of abandoned mines. I’m proud to be the lead Democrat on a bill that goes a long way towards addressing the needs of communities most affected by the collapse of the coal industry.

Jun 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17) introduced legislation to stimulate economic growth within distressed communities. First introduced by Senator Casey (D-PA), the Community Economic Assistance Act provides economic assistance to communities experiencing a localized recession resulting from substantial job loss or economic transitions.

Jun 9, 2017 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced InnaVenture Pacific Northwest National Laboratory received $250,000 in Small Business Vouchers (SBV) to work with InnaVenture LLC, Wilkes-Barre.  SBV facilitates access to the Department of Energy (DOE)’s national labs, enabling them to tap into the intellectual and technical resources needed to overcome critical technology challenges for their advanced energy products and gain a global competitive advantage.

Feb 7, 2017 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Congressman Matt Cartwright announced today that the National Park Service has completed a favorable review of the rehabilitation work on the historic Governor Wolf Building in Easton, PA under the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program. As a result of the inspection, a 20% federal tax credit on qualified rehabilitation expenses was awarded to the owners of the building. Tax credit recipients are eligible for this program when they extensively renovate a historic property and return it to useful service. 

Jan 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright announced his subcommittee assignments for the House Committee on Appropriations.  Cartwright will serve on the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Subcommittee and the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Subcommittee.

Rep. Cartwright said, “I intend to use my voice and vote on the Appropriations Committee to protect the health and retirement security of my constituents and to help spur economic growth in the 17th congressional district.”