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Lawmakers praise role of aerospace, defense in US economy

In the US Southern and Midwest states, aerospace and defense account for hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in exports, according to the Aerospace Industries Association. "With international business giants Boeing, Dassault Falcon Jet, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, Textron and others, it's no wonder the US is the world's largest aerospace and defense exporter," write Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; and Jerry Moran, R-Kan.

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