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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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Sep 14, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced $1.15 million in federal funding will be awarded to the Women’s Resource Center to support their housing and legal assistance initiatives. The funds are disbursed through the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. Congress provided $502,500,000 to the office for fiscal year 2020.

Sep 11, 2020 Press Release

Eighth Congressional District, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced municipal governments in the Eighth Congressional district will be awarded a total of $2,420,042 in federal funding through a supplementation of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program authorized by the CARES Act.

Sep 2, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) joined the Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA) and the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) as they announced $50,000 federal awards they each will receive to fund projects that will mitigate the effects the anthracite mining industry has had on the region’s watershed and ecosystems and to offset costs thrust on local communities.

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 28, 2020 Press Release

Eighth Congressional District, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that seven first responder agencies will be awarded a total of $733,921.38 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Program (AFG) to be used for operations and safety equipment. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Cartwright helped craft legislation that authorized $355 million for the AFG Program in fiscal year 2020.

Aug 25, 2020 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced a $600,000 grant to the Domestic Violence Service Center through the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. The Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program provides funding for civil and criminal legal assistance programs at minimum or no cost for adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Aug 19, 2020 Press Release

Eighth Congressional District, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) held a virtual meeting with a Northeastern Pennsylvania resident to discuss how he is working to ensure the U.S. Postal Service continues to deliver mail efficiently, as millions of Americans will count on the mail to enable them to vote safely from home amid the pandemic.

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.

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.