Missouri US senators press Boeing to build 777X in their state

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's two U.S. senators say their home state is the right place for Boeing Co. to build its new 777X commercial airplane.

In a letter Tuesday to Boeing executives, Republican Roy Blunt and Democratic Claire McCaskill noted that the company already has more than 15,000 employees in Missouri.

Blunt and McCaskill also cited Missouri's transportation network - including rail, highways and rivers - and what they called the state's "track record of success in building airplanes."

The senators made their pitch as Missouri legislators meet in a special session called by Gov. Jay Nixon. Lawmakers are considering legislation that could allow up to $150 million annually in incentives for "large scale aerospace projects."

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