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.
More on Jobs and the Economy
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.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright made the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive orders aimed at federal workforce unions. The president’s three executive orders would:
--Restrict time spent by union officials on employee and workplace issues.
--Shorten collective bargaining time for workers to negotiate with management and potentially make collective bargaining agreements harder to reach.
--Allow managers to dismiss employees without the process protections in their current work agreements.
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.
Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that NeighborWorks Northeastern PA (NWNEPA), a member of the NeighborWorks network, has received $125,500 in federal grant funds from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, dba NeighborWorks America. This funding will support its local affordable housing and community development activities.
Luzerne County, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $1,700,000 grant to the Luzerne County Transportation Authority. The funds will be distributed via the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Fiscal Year 2017 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant application period is now open and will close on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
The SAFER program provides grants to local fire departments to assist in hiring and retaining staff. Grants are administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Scranton, PA– U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright is pleased to announce that the USDA is inviting applications for loan guarantees and grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects. These loan guarantees and grants are part of USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was created under the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. This notice seeks applications for FY 2018 funding.
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced bipartisan legislation that would stimulate rural economic development. The Transformative Hiring in Rural Industries and Vital Economies (THRIVE) Act would establish an interagency council to determine ways to best utilize rural federal investments.
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced legislation that would create manufacturing and construction jobs while saving energy. The Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act would establish a Department of Energy (DOE) program to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers make energy efficient upgrades.