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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th District of Pennsylvania


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

Nov 21, 2019 Press Release

Milford, PA – On Wednesday, Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-o8) announced new federal funding to improve the infrastructure that supplies water to thousands of Pennsylvania families in Pike County.

Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development, the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Milford will receive $413,300 in grants and $2,428,000 in loans that will go toward upgrading and improving the authority's public water system.

Sep 27, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-o8) announced a new federal grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission that will be used to design a sewage expansion project in Pike County.

The grant totals $42,500 and will be awarded to Pike County. It will be used to design a sewage expansion project in Blooming Grove Township, which will provide long-term sewage disposal needs to the existing undeveloped commercial parcels near the project area. The increase in sewer capacity will allow for the development of 250 acres owned by the county.

Sep 23, 2019 Press Release

Pike County, PA – On Monday, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced a $300,000 federal grant to hire dental professionals and expand oral health infrastructure in Pike County. The grant will be awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC).

Sep 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15) introduced legislation on Monday to clean up America’s abandoned coal mines, by ensuring states have enough resources to restore polluted sites to their original condition and to spur new economic development in former coal communities. 

Aug 22, 2019 Press Release

Scranton, PA – On Friday, Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced nearly $135,000 in federal grants that will bolster economic development in Wayne County, including one grant that will pave the way for a new local dairy processing plant.

The funding comes from two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants:

Aug 12, 2019 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced $334,000 in federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Jul 17, 2019 Press Release

Scranton, PA  Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced up to $16 million in available federal funding for local organizations to help veterans and socially-disadvantaged Pennsylvanians who are looking to own and operate ranches and farms.

Jun 26, 2019 Press Release
The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act will establish the right of every public sector employee to join a union and bargain collectively.
Jun 5, 2019 Press Release
The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act would establish a pilot grant program at the U.S. Department of Energy to provide nonprofits with the resources they need to improve energy efficiency in their buildings.
Jun 4, 2019 Press Release
The federal grant, which totals $2,550,174, will be used to improve a runway at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and to enhance its lighting.