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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 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

Sep 2, 2020 Press Release

Pittston, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today welcomed Ball Corporation’s announcement that the company will build a new aluminum beverage packaging plant in Pittston, creating 230 new manufacturing jobs through an investment of more than $300 million over multiple years. Production is expected to begin by the middle of 2021.

Aug 19, 2020 Press Release

Hazleton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that CAN DO, Inc. will receive a $83,750 grant awarded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development Program. The Rural Business Development Grant program provides technical assistance and training for small rural businesses in Pennsylvania.

Aug 9, 2020 Press Release

Hazleton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that the City of Hazleton received a $10 million federal grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Buses and Bus Facilities Program for site improvements and new buses.

Aug 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Madeleine Dean (PA-04) will introduce the Payments for the People Act, which would send quarterly payments to families until national unemployment is below 5.5 percent.

Jul 31, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) voted to pass the second fiscal year 2021 “minibus” appropriations package on the House floor. It now advances to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

Jul 23, 2020 Press Release

Hawley, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance (WPWA) will receive a $272,828 award through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development Program.

Jul 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) voted to pass the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the House floor, which passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 295-125. The NDAA includes Cartwright’s Locality Pay Equity Act, which would increase wages for approximately 1,800 hourly employees at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. It now advances to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

Jul 16, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced a $742,450 grant to Lackawanna County from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to reconstruct and widen a 1.2-mile section of roadway and install two bus shelters to service the Stauffer Industrial Park, which supports 2,861 jobs across 17 businesses.

Jul 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday evening, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) voted in the House Appropriations Committee to advance the fiscal year 2021 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies funding bill to the House floor, where it will be considered later this month.

Jul 14, 2020 Press Release

Pittston, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced the Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania (dba NEPA Alliance) received $400,000 in CARES Act recovery assistance through the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The funding will support their response to the coronavirus pandemic as they continue efforts to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.