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Boeing presses for funding to produce Growler

Published Tue, May 6, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[ST LOUIS] Boeing Co and its supporters on Monday vowed to fight for US$2.1 billion in funding for 22 EA-18G electronic attack planes in fiscal 2015 to keep the plane's St Louis production line running past 2016 and preserve 60,000 jobs around the country.

Hundreds of Boeing workers attended a rally at the plant on Monday to mark the delivery of the 100th EA-18G Growler to the Navy, as the company highlighted the plane's unique capabilities and accelerated its campaign to keep the programme alive.

Lawmakers from Missouri said that they had already gathered over 80 signatures from Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives, and the International Association of Machinists said that it would send 26 members to Washington next week to lobby for continued production of the planes.

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