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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania

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The Congressman takes very seriously the responsibility that he has to represent local interests in Washington.  He is keenly aware of the nuances of and challenges facing this geographically diverse and expansive district.

Over the long term, the district lags beyond the country in job creation.  To fight this, Congressman Cartwright is working to create good paying jobs that cannot be outsourced and investing in the small business that drive economic growth. 

As an outgrowth of this, the Congressman is working to restore freight and passenger rail service to all parts of the district. 

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More on Local Issues

Apr 12, 2018 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority has received a $35,791 federal grant from U.S. Housing and Urban Development in a continued effort to end veteran homelessness.

Apr 5, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright offered his support for the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recommendation, announced today, that the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) be amended to prohibit coal companies from the practice of self-bonding for coal mine reclamation – or, in other words, self-insuring for environmental cleanup.  Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) currently holds $1.2 billion in self-bonds for mine reclamation.

Apr 4, 2018 Press Release

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).

Mar 29, 2018 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded three grants worth $9,088,536 combined to the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education for it’s continuing mission and operations.  

Mar 28, 2018 Press Release

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).

Mar 26, 2018 Press Release

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.

Mar 12, 2018 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Wright Center Medical Group received a $82,143 federal grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  HRSA operates under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and works to improve health care among underserved and vulnerable populations.

Feb 21, 2018 Event

This event is an opportunity for constituents to discuss issues that matter to them directly with Congressman Cartwright.

For more information please call 570-341-1050.

Feb 20, 2018 Event

This event is an opportunity for constituents to discuss issues that matter to them directly with Congressman Cartwright.

For more information please call 570-341-1050

Jan 26, 2018 Event

This event is an opportunity for constituents to discuss issues that matter to them directly with Congressman Cartwright. 

For more information please call 570-341-1050.