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ST. LOUIS - A Missouri senator says he's hopeful production at the St. Louis-based Boeing plant will continue.

For years, Boeing has manufactured the Super Hornet fighter jet right here in St. Louis. But demand for the jet is winding down, and unless the Navy orders more planes, production is scheduled to stop in 2016.

This week, congress approved a $75 million lifeline until the Navy makes its decision. Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt says that funding is an important step in the right direction.

"What it does right here in St. Louis is keep that line open for some time. And it's important to keep that line open. Once you close a line like that down you don't know what's going to happen but you know you're probably not going to open it up again," said Sen. Blunt.

The Navy's order is critically important after the St. Louis-based Boeing plant suffered a setback in December. They were hoping to build $4.5 billion worth of fighter jets for Brazil, but Sweden's Sabb won the contract.

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