Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Cartwright Leads Discussion on Creating Jobs Through Infrastructure Investment with Pennsylvania Expert

Dec 1, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright, a co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Rebuilding America Task Force, led a discussion with Members of Congress and experts on how infrastructure investments would dramatically benefit working men and women by injecting trillions into our economy and putting hard-working Americans to work.

As part of the House Democratic Caucus Jobs for America effort, the Rebuilding America Task Force discussed how investment by the federal government could improve American cities and create jobs for middle-class families.

Rep. Cartwright invited the Lackawanna County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director, George W. Kelly, to provide expert testimony at the forum.

“Not only would investments in infrastructure repair aging bridges and roads, but it would also spur economic development and reinvigorate our communities. One of the best ways to create jobs in Pennsylvania is through infrastructure investment,” said Rep. Cartwright. “I thank Mr. Kelly for sharing his insight on this issue.”

“Investing in our infrastructure is investing in our future,” said Mr. Kelly. “We need to explore ways to drive the reshoring of lost jobs and to provide pathways to prosperity for our work force. These investments are crucial as we all come together to prepare, educate, and partner to create and retain family sustaining jobs across America.”

As towns across America continue to grow, it puts a strain on our infrastructure system. In order to continue serving the American people sufficiently, these structures must be up to date and properly functioning. Investments in these projects would mean more jobs and skill development for hard-working Americans. The five Democratic Caucus Jobs for America Task Forces will create opportunities for growth, boost hardworking families, and give every worker the opportunity to achieve the American dream.

“Investing in our nation’s infrastructure is a win for everyone. Our roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals get a much-needed update to better serve all Americans, while investments create jobs for millions,” said Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley. “I look forward to hearing from Rep. Cartwright on creating jobs and infrastructure projects.”

“With nearly 100,000 bridges in our country old enough to qualify for Medicare and Social Security, there is no doubt that America’s infrastructure is in need of serious TLC,” said Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus Linda Sánchez. “The Rebuilding America Task Force, led by Rep. Cartwright, is focused on investing in jobs and our future by developing innovative ways to modernize our nation’s infrastructure. By investing in a robust infrastructure, we will ensure that our country and our workers will be able to compete in the global marketplace.”

For more information on the Jobs for America Task Forces, please visit www.dems.gov/jobsforamerica.

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