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Matthew A. Cartwright

Matthew Cartwright's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Matthew A. Cartwright
Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 17, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 17
Primary May 20, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Marion; 2 Children: Jack, Matthew
Birth Date: 05/01/1961
Home City: Moosic, PA
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adam Clark. The Morning Call: Cartwright, Holden face off in 17th District primary. 19 April 2012. "Cartwright also opened a campaign office in Easton and has come to town on the weekends for low-profile events. Though Cartwright has campaigned as a member of the "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party," he said he agrees with Holden in opposing abortion and gun control." (articles.mcall.com)
  • Borys Krawczeniuk. Citizens Voice: Pelosi to help raise money for Cartwright. 23 May 2012. "There's a lot of her positions I don't agree with," he said, noting for one their differences on abortion. (She favors abortion rights, he says he's pro-life.) "(But) she's the minority leader and she's an admirable, wonderful lady. She's so dynamic. I intend to be as close a friend to her as I can be." (citizensvoice.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Matthew Cartwright. Issue Position: Defense. 26 March 2012. "Cartwright believes in a strong national defense based on a realistic view of the threats of tomorrow with investment only in long-term technology. Matt also believes in reaffirming our nation's commitment to our alliance to Israel, and forming international bonds to counter terrorism." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Matthew Cartwright. Video: "Priorities." 13 March 2012. "Now, Matt is running for Congress to make sure big corporations and wealthy Americans pay their fair share. 'All of a sudden, it's the corporations picking who gets elected. It's obscene.'" (www.youtube.com)
  • Matthew Cartwright. Cartwright Endorsed by Democracy for America. 26 March 2012. "I have spent my professional career protecting people and small business owners from uncaring insurance companies and the predatory lending practices of big banks and financial institutions. In Congress, my top priorities will be bringing jobs to northeast Pennsylvania, and making corporations and wealthy Americans pay their fair share of taxes." (cartwrightcongress.com)
  • Tom Coombe. Congressional Candidate Cartwright Visits Easton. 6 March 2012. "In addition to infrastructure, Cartwright also said we need to be spending more on education. 'It's not going to kill the wealthiest Americans to pay 3 percent more in taxes,' he said." (easton.patch.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Matthew Cartwright. Issue Position: Infrastructure. 26 March 2012. "Cartwright believes that the federal government needs to invest in American infrastructure. He believes that investing in one-off, earmarked pork projects is the wrong approach. Instead, Cartwright believes America needs a comprehensive, cohesive plan for our infrastructure, so businesses can compete with global competitors, and we can stop the flow of American jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Cartwright. Issue Position: Economy. 26 March 2012. "Cartwright believes that the government has a vital role to play in smoothing out the rough edges in what is called "the free market." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Matthew Cartwright. Issue Position: Environment. 30 March 2012. "Matt Cartwright believes a strong economy and a protected environment are not mutually exclusive. For instance, he believes that the Halliburton Loophole which allows fluids used in the natural gas extraction process of Hydraulic fracturing to be exempt from protections under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, should be repealed, and that the rights to drill and mine on public lands should not be given away to private, international corporations for pennies on the dollar, resulting in America's people receiving no benefit from America's bounty." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Matthew Cartwright in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Adam Clark. The Morning Call: Cartwright, Holden face off in 17th District primary. 19 April 2012. "Cartwright also opened a campaign office in Easton and has come to town on the weekends for low-profile events. Though Cartwright has campaigned as a member of the "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party," he said he agrees with Holden in opposing abortion and gun control." (articles.mcall.com)
  • Colby Itkowitz, Nicole Radzievich and Adam Clark. The Morning Call: Candidates take stands on gun control. 27 July 2012. "Democrat Matt Cartwright, a Scranton lawyer, said he does support an assault weapons ban, saying Americans don't need such weapons in their homes. He would also support "reasonable" ammunition purchase limits, according to a statement released by his campaign. Cartwright said he is strongly in favor of Americans' right to bear arms. "Matt supports Pennsylvania hunters and believes that the vast majority of gun owners are responsible, safe and law-abiding citizens," the statement said. "He will vote against any effort to restrict citizens' right to own rifles, shotguns or handguns." (articles.mcall.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Matthew Cartwright. Facebook: Wall Photos. 21 March 2012. "Today we were in Nay Aug Park celebrating the two year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Matthew Cartwright. Issue Position: Health Care. 30 March 2012. "Matt would have supported President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. He remains dissatisfied, however, that it did not go far enough to expand health care coverage for more Americans and hold insurance companies more accountable for what they charge families." (votesmart.org)
  • Matthew Cartwright. PA-17: Matt Cartwright Challenging Tim Holden in Democratic Primary. 25 January 2012. "Speaking specifically to the health care legislation, Cartwright added, 'Working families in the new district do not need a representative who thinks it's going too far to grant affordable health care and medicine to seniors, young adults, those with pre-existing conditions and to women seeking preventative health care services. To vote with big health care insurance companies and HMOs, doesn't (work in) the interest of our seniors, young adults, people with pre-existing conditions and women.'" (www.keystonepolitics.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anthony Seder. Timesleader.com: Cartwright backs gay Marriage. 24 August 2012. ""I'm for marriage equality," he said in a phone conversation on Thursday. "There's no reason to discriminate against gay people. They're not a threat against anybody." (timesleader.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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