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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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Jul 6, 2020 Press Release

Pocono Summit, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that Danielle Banfield, who recently graduated from Pocono Mountain West High School, was selected as the winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition in the Eighth Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

Jul 2, 2020 Press Release

Dallas, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that Misericordia University was awarded $263,567 in federal relief amid the coronavirus pandemic through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH is distributing economic stabilization grants with federal CARES Act funding to support cultural institutions, non-profits and educational programming.

Jul 1, 2020 Press Release

Avoca, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced a total federal award of $1,678,258 through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) to extend a taxiway and increase efficiency at our region’s only mid-sized airport. The funding is distributed through the FAA Airport Improvement Program and supported in part by CARES Act appropriations.

Jun 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced support for the sweeping new House infrastructure proposal unveiled this week, the Moving Forward Act, which includes two of his bills that would address the problem of abandoned mine lands in northeastern Pennsylvania and across the country. These bills would help eliminate dangerous health and safety risks like acid mine drainage, while making way for new economic development.

Jun 25, 2020 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced a total of $30,000 awarded to the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society through a National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Act economic stabilization grant. This funding will enable the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society to retain three full-time and part-time staff positions and technical consultation to oversee collection digitization and virtual outreach activities.

Jun 19, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education received $6,054,730 from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Payment Program.

Jun 18, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) led a group of Congressional Democrats and Republicans representing Pennsylvania in introducing the Pennsylvania National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act.

Jun 18, 2020 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health & Developmental Services will receive $4,000,000 over a four-year period from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Projects of Regional and National Significance grant program. The funds will help them develop their system of care for children and youth experiencing mental health challenges.

Jun 9, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced that the Lackawanna County Treatment Court will receive $1,999,975 over a five year period from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand substance abuse treatment capacity. The first disbursement the court will receive is $399,995.

Jun 8, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced the release of $8,790,046 to municipal governments in northeastern Pennsylvania. Authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, these operating funds provide municipal governments with additional resources to support services such as small business assistance, emergency housing payments, and homelessness assistance and prevention operations.