Senate warms to forced sale of TikTok following House tweak

The Senate is newly receptive to legislation mandating the sale of TikTok after the House tweaked the bill to give its Chinese owners more “runway” to find a buyer.

The House passed a bill forcing the sale of the popular social app in March, fueled by concerns over spying by the Chinese government, but the push hit a wall in the Senate as lawmakers raised concerns over targeting a single company in legislation. 

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee supported the bill, but Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), whose committee has jurisdiction, expressed reluctance. She previously introduced a competing measure that would have given the Commerce Department the ability to ban foreign-owned apps.

The House bill, which passed in a 352-65 vote, would have given ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok,
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