The Senate signed off on a $448 billion military spending bill that includes enough money to fund a few more C-17 cargo planes. Lots of back-patting around Congress about keeping Boeing's Long Beach line open through 2009. Among those quick to take credit is Missouri Republican Sen. Jim Talent, who just happens to be facing reelection - and whose state just happens to have a Boeing facility that builds several C-17 components. Talent's press release is titled: "Sen. Talent Keeps C-17 Line Open, Secures Ten Additional Planes in Defense Bill." In it, our governor offers his thanks.