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Scoop: House TikTok bill extends time to sell app

Apr 17, 2024
Illustration of the US Capitol with TikTok's logo.

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A revised House provision to force the sale of TikTok includes a key change that makes it likelier to clear the Senate and become law.

What's inside: The legislation provides an additional 180-day delay at the discretion of the president for Chinese parent company ByteDance to sell TikTok, a Senate staffer familiar with the discussions told Axios.

  • The original bill introduced by Reps. Mike Gallagher and Raja Krishnamoorthi gave ByteDance six months.

Why it matters: Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell had been pushing for the change.

  • Her sign-off is essential to get the measure through the upper chamber and to the desk of President Biden, who has signaled he would support a TikTok divestiture bill.

State of play: The House is moving fast on the legislation.

  • House members on Saturday will vote and likely pass a foreign aid package containing the TikTok language.
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