Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that his guest for the 2023 State of the Union Address on Tuesday will be Chris Barrett, President and CEO of the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau.
This year’s State of the Union will highlight legislative achievements that Congress has delivered over the past two years, including 2021’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which allotted a historic $66 billion to reestablish America’s rail lines.
Barrett has been a committed supporter and champion of Rep. Cartwright’s efforts to restore passenger rail service between New York City and Scranton. Amtrak’s analysis of the proposed corridor estimates 425,000 riders a year and $87 million injected into the economy yearly.
“The Pocono Mountains is a top destination hosting nearly 30 million guests each year. The return of passenger rail service between NYC and NEPA would allow even more visitors to experience and enjoy our region without the hassle of driving, spurring enormous economic benefits,” Barrett said. “It is an honor and privilege to be part of this monumental occasion, at a monumental time in the proposal to reinstate passenger rail service. A debt of gratitude is owed to Congressman Cartwright for his tireless, ongoing efforts in supporting bringing passenger rail back to NEPA.”
“Chris has been an important partner and tireless advocate when it comes to the restoration of rail services to our region,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Leaders like Chris exemplify the progress we are making thanks to historic investments in American infrastructure during the last Congress. It is my distinct pleasure to have him as my guest.”
The 2023 State of the Union Address will be delivered by President Joe Biden on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 9 p.m. in the Chamber of the United States House of Representatives.