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When the Senate Appropriations Committee announced its plan for next year's defense outlays in July, McDonnell Douglas Corp. was a big winner. Included in the blueprint was $880 million above what President Clinton has requested for another 22 jets manufactured by the St. Louis-based company. And no small thanks went to Senator Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.), a member of the Senate subcommittee that sets defense spending and a key champion of the aerospace company's defense contracts.

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