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House passes American Rescue Plan

The relief package bill now in the hands of the Senate - News 11's Arlette Yousif reports

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, officially called H.R.1319, provides continued aid for public health, individuals, and businesses.

If approved by the Senate, the bill will move on to President Biden and then become law.

The bill will provide additional resources for COVID-19 testing, vaccine, and related medical funding. In addition to COVID relief, the bill will provide more unemployment funding and emergency assistance for housing expenses for renters as well as homeowners. Business support will also aid in economy recovery.

Rep. Tim Dunn (R) explains that he is on board with all COVID relief plans in the bill. However, he says he does not agree with including other longstanding issues into the bill, such as minimum wage.

Rep. Charlene Fernandez (D) says she is happy that Republicans and Democrats have the same common ground when it comes to ending COVID-19.

Tuesday on News 11's Early Edition, more on the American Relief Plan from both local representatives.

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Arlette Yousif

Arlette Yousif joined KYMA in November 2020 as a Multi Media Journalist. She holds a BA in Journalism with a minor in Film. In 2019, she completed her internship at KLAS, a CBS affiliate station in Las Vegas.

While Arlette’s first love is writing, she is no stranger to the camera. Her background consists of acting, singing, hosting and even working for a major music producer. Even still, Arlette has worked in many different fields ranging from food service to hospitality and property management. Her first job was at her family restaurant when she was 14 years old. She danced around outside dressed as a clown waving a pizza box for the grand-reopening.

Arlette was born and raised in Southern California and spent about 6 years in Nevada before moving to Yuma.

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