House Sends Possible TikTok Ban to the Senate

March 14, 2024

House lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that could ultimately ban the popular social media app TikTok. Specifically, the House passed The Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act (H.R. 7521), which would force the Chinese parent company of TikTok to divest its ownership of the app within 165 days of enactment or face a possible ban in the U.S. The legislation is picking up significant momentum on both sides of the aisle, including from Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. However, it remains to be seen if the bill will receive floor time in the upper chamber. Notably, intel from Capitol Hill suggests that leadership is mulling the idea of tacking this bill onto the next government funding package, or a bill to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

  • Today in Congress. Yesterday’s House vote was the last for the week as lawmakers gaveled out early to accommodate the GOP Issues Conference at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. The Senate will close out its week with a final up-or-down vote on the nomination of Dennis Hankins to be Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti.