Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Local Issues

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. 

See also information about Our District.

More on Local Issues

Oct 25, 2017 Press Release

Mahanoy City, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded a $45,20o Economic Impact Initiative Grant to Mahanoy City Borough. This grant program falls within the scope of USDA Rural Development, which is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.

Oct 20, 2017 Press Release

Easton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that The Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology received a $100,000 federal grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). This grant will provide funding for a study of the proposed Science Center and Aquarium envisioned for downtown Easton.

Oct 17, 2017 Press Release

Easton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $788,761 to the city of Easton through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The CDBG program provides annual grants to states and local units of government to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

Oct 17, 2017 Press Release

Wilkes Barre, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded grants in the amount of $1,639,569 to the city of Wilkes-Barre and $4,721,553 to Luzerne County.

Oct 12, 2017 Press Release

Duryea, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded both a Community Facility Grant and Loan – totaling $249,300 – to Germania Hose Company.

The funds will be used to help with the purchase of a 2018 E-One Typhoon Extra Long Cab Pumper Fire Apparatus for the fire company. E-ONE’s custom equipment offers a wide variety of internal storage options to keep fire suppression and rescue apparatus organized and protected from the elements.

Oct 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright introduced bicameral legislation that would help communities in Pennsylvania manage waste. The Trash Reduction and Sensible Handling (TRASH) Act would allow states to restrict out-of-state waste from entering its borders. This bill would also allow states to impose a community benefit fee, which can be redirected toward communities affected by waste.

Sep 29, 2017 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced $210,000 has been awarded to the Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through its Resident Opportunities and Self-Service Coordinators program. This award was part of HUD’s allocation of $2 million in grants to public housing authorities and non-profit organizations across the nation and was the only one awarded in Pennsylvania.

Sep 28, 2017 Press Release

Pottsville, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded a $400,000 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant to Schuylkill County. This grant is managed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and provides federal funds and technical assistance for the development and implementation of drug courts that integrate evidence-based substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in court settings with jurisdiction over substance using offenders.

Sep 26, 2017 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded a $350,000 Transitional Housing Assistance grant to the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton.

Sep 22, 2017 Press Release

Blakely, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded a Community Facility Grant to Blakely Hose Co. #2.

The $32,000 Rural Development grant funds will be used to help with the purchase of a 2018 rescue/pumper/squad vehicle for the fire company. This vehicle is a type of specialty firefighting or emergency medical services apparatus that is set up to carry a full complement of tools and equipment.