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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 2, 2020) — The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund has endorsed U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania for re-election, citing his work to support wildlife conservation, to modernize America’s mining laws, and to reclaim abandoned mine lands for community redevelopment, wildlife, and outdoor recreation.
“Representative Cartwright has been a leading voice in Congress and in the Keystone State for his leadership on wildlife conservation, hunting and fishing issues, as well as his unparalleled work to revitalize coal country. Whether you enjoy hunting, fishing, birding or hiking — or just a cool, clear glass of Pennsylvania’s clean drinking water, Rep. Cartwright is working for you,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. “The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund has been proud to support Rep. Cartwright since his very first primary election, and we are honored today to endorse his re-election.”
Cartwright, who represents Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, was one of the leading voices in the successful effort to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which keeps wildlife and nature within reach for millions of Pennsylvanians. He also has been one of the lawmakers working to permanently fund this critical lands conservation program.
One of America’s leading voices for mining reform, Cartwright has sponsored bills to reclaim abandoned mines for use as recreation areas, parks, and community redevelopment. He also has worked with his colleagues to reform our nation’s 148-year old hardrock mining laws to create comprehensive environmental standards for future mining, establish a fund to pay for the massive cleanup of abandoned mines, and ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return for mined resources.
Cartwright also is a co-sponsor of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, a bipartisan bill that will confront America’s wildlife crisis and invest in collaborative, on-the-ground conservation for species in the greatest need of conservation.