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Congress has approved $2.2 billion for eight more C-17 cargo planes, which fuel 900 jobs at Boeing’s Hazelwood, Mo. plant and thousands more among suppliers.
The funds were included in the fiscal year 2009 defense supplemental spending bill, which passed the Senate Thursday and the House earlier this week and will now be sent to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
“Congress sent the president a strong message — we are not willing to gamble with our national security or roll the dice with workers’ jobs,” said U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., in a statement.