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

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.”

Jan 22, 2016 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC) has voted to recommend moving federal facilities in Monroe County, Pennsylvania into the New York City wage area for the computation of pay for wage grade, hourly federal workers. If adopted by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the recommendation would increase pay for approximately 1,500 wage grade federal workers at Tobyhanna Army Depot.
Oct 13, 2015 Press Release
Easton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded Northampton County Area Community College a $134,000 Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training Grant.
Jul 29, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced the Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities Investment Act of 2015, a bill that would provide $100 million to struggling coal communities to help build economic resilience, diversify industries, and promote new job creation opportunities; ensure fair returns on publicly owned coal; and improve the transparency of the federal coal program.  

Jul 8, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – After four years the transfer of a 42 acre plot of land in Monroe County has ended, successfully. The Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Alliance, a regional community and economic agency, has successfully transferred the land to the Tobyhanna Army Depot, one of northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest employers and, the only logistics support depot for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Systems across the Department of Defense.
May 13, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley announced the introduction of the Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Apr 24, 2015 Press Release
Pottsville, PA – Last week, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Borough of Jim Thorpe a $4,549,000 Rural Development grant. The USDA also awarded a $6,129,000.00 Rural Development loan to be paid back at 3% over 38 years.
Feb 2, 2015 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of the Army has awarded a military contract valued at $301,640,000 to Scranton’s General Dynamics plant, and Medico Industries, Wilkes-Barre Township.

Jan 27, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Last week, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright re-introduced the bi-partisan Wage Grade Employee Parity Act with U.S. Representative Tom Cole (OK-4). 

The legislation would ensure that the percentage increase in rates of basic pay for Wage Grade, or hourly, employees is equivalent to the percentage increase received by General Schedule, or salaried, federal employees.