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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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Mar 23, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) today announced temporary changes to his Congressional office operations in order to remain open amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mar 12, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that Scranton Primary Health Care Center Inc. received $1,244,504 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Center Cluster grant program.

Established in 1978, Scranton Primary Health Care Center is a federally qualified health center that offers quality primary medical and dental care at a reasonable cost to all persons in the community, including those who are underinsured and uninsured, regardless of their ability to pay.

Feb 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) introduced the Native Plant Species Pilot Program Act with Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21) to protect and preserve native plant species in national parks throughout the United States.

Feb 19, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted a total of more than $23 million to Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District through multiple programs to address issues of affordable housing. The funds are divided among several local housing authorities, as well as city- and county-level governments throughout the district.

Feb 5, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that Scranton Lackawanna Head Start received $8,777,315 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). These funds are used for the continuation of comprehensive, high quality, early childhood education for children in Lackawanna County.

Jan 31, 2020 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that the fiscal year 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) application period will open on Monday, February 3, 2020.

Jan 23, 2020 In The News

Evidence of the days when coal was king linger throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania in the form of culm banks.

The job to rid those piles of waste is in dire need of funding. Now, two local lawmakers in Washington aim to keep the work on track.

The work you see is an ongoing project, nine months and counting. With each truckload, crews are cleaning up what was the old Harry E. coal breaker that is now just an abandoned mine land site.

Jan 23, 2020 In The News

If U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright D-8, Moosic, gets reelected, he will have enough seniority to get more money to Northeast Pennsylvania.

The congressman told those who attended a “Coffee with the Congressman” evening at the Hazleton One Center on Wednesday night he will be lined up to chair one of a dozen subcommittees on appropriations in his next term.

Jan 23, 2020 Press Release

Swoyersville, PA – At a press conference at the Harry E. waste coal site, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08), U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA-09), and state and local elected officials welcomed recent progress on legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to provide Northeastern Pennsylvania with long-term federal funding for the clean-up of unreclaimed abandoned mine land (AML) sites in the region.