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$1.3 trillion budget calls for billions in Missouri defense spending

The $1.3 trillion budget approved by the U.S. House on Thursday and the Senate early Friday includes a handful of big expenditures in Missouri, including orders for Boeing’s facility in the St. Louis area and funding for the planned National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s western headquarters.

The legislation allocates about $1.8 billion for 24 Navy F/A-18 fighter jets to be built by Boeing at its location in Hazelwood.

It also calls for $200 million for the construction of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency facility in St. Louis.

The bill also includes about $100 million for a new hospital and $12 million for a new blood-processing center at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, according to Sen. Roy Blunt.

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