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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th 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 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

Aug 13, 2018 Press Release

Monroe County, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Rural Development arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $36,146 Rural Business Development Grant to West End Pantry Inc.

The Rural Development investment will be used to purchase equipment that will assist in the collection and distribution of food for the West End Pantry. Equipment purchased will include pallet jacks, hand trucks, tables, and other equipment. The pantry serves communities in Monroe and Carbon Counties.

Aug 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Matt Cartwright issued a statement regarding the announcement of a new annual federal grant for local environmental groups, whose mission includes restoring and conserving a healthy ecosystem for the Delaware River Watershed.  

Jul 27, 2018 Press Release


Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency, Inc. received $1,528,249 in federal funds from  the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These funds are used for the continuation of high quality, comprehensive, early childhood education.

Jun 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, which protects the right of public employees to join unions and engage in collective bargaining on behalf of middle class workers. This is a crucial time when public sector unions are under attack; the latest being the Supreme Court’s serious setback to working people in the Janus v. AFSCME decision.

Jun 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision released today, ruled against unions in Janus v AFSCME and ignored 41 years of legal precedent upholding the right of unions to collect “fair share fees” for the services they are legally required to provide to workers, such as negotiating for decent pay and fair workplaces.

Jun 21, 2018 Press Release

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.

May 30, 2018 Press Release


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.   

May 24, 2018 Press Release


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.

May 17, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright announced successful passage of his amendment to the House FY 2018 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill that will restore necessary funding for NASA’s critical Climate Monitoring System (CMS).  This system develops methods for monitoring, reporting, and verifying the measurement of harmful global warming emissions.
Apr 25, 2018 Press Release

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.