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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 8th District of Pennsylvania


Press Releases

Jun 28, 2018 Press Release
After Supreme Court Deals Latest Blow to Organized Labor, Bill Aims to Strengthen Workers’ Rights

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, which protects the right of public employees to join unions and engage in collective bargaining on behalf of middle class workers.

Jun 28, 2018 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre – Today, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a supplementary grant worth $4,448,807 to the Luzerne County Head Start, Inc.

Luzerne County Head Start offers Pre-K, Early Head Start, and Head Start programs for children in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. 

Jun 27, 2018 Press Release
Calls decision a “major blow” to working families in Northeastern Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, DC -- The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision released today, ruled against unions in Janus v AFSCME and ignored 41 years of legal precedent upholding the right of unions to collect “fair share fees” for the services they are legally required to provide to workers, such as negotiating for decent pay and fair workplaces.

Jun 21, 2018 Press Release
$150 Million Increase for WIN-T Communications Systems Brings in More Work. Move Represents Long-Term Shift from Reliance on Private Defense Firms to Tobyhanna

Washington, DC – Congressman Matt Cartwright announced today that Tobyhanna Army Depot’s planned hiring of  more than 100 new engineers, IT specialists, electronics technicians, and related trades personnel is to support a $150 million increase in spending during federal fiscal year 2019 on WIN-T work, the development and maintenance of the Army’s most modern communications systems.

Jun 7, 2018 Press Release

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Today, Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency (HHS) awarded $1,793,347 to the Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern PA (RHC), in Wilkes-Barre. The funds will be used to maintain RHC’s current scope of health care services in its seven locations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Jun 6, 2018 Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that Scranton Primary Health Care Center Inc. received $1,321,672 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funds support critical health services for underinsured and uninsured residents.

Jun 5, 2018 Press Release
Further Reform of Miners’ Benefits Program Also Urged

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released to the public a dire report regarding the sustainability of the federal Black Lung Trust Fund, which covers medical and living expenses for former coal mine workers who have the devastating and potentially deadly disease of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (also known as black lung disease).

May 30, 2018 Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright made the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive orders aimed at federal workforce unions. The president’s three executive orders would:

--Restrict time spent by union officials on employee and workplace issues.

May 25, 2018 Press Release

Scranton – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted Public Housing Capital Fund Awards totaling $17,513,760 to housing agencies across Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

May 24, 2018 Press Release


Washington, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to include an amendment sponsored by Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) that supports army depots across the country, including Tobyhanna Army Depot, in the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.