Senate forces sale of TikTok despite vow of legal challenges

The Senate followed through with congressional plans to force the sale of TikTok on Tuesday, despite vows from its Chinese owners that it will fight the legislation in court.

The measure, tucked into a $95 billion package on foreign aid that passed the upper chamber 79-18, now heads to the desk of President Joe Biden, who has promised to sign it.

The House originally passed the bill, which requires ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, to divest or else face a nationwide ban, in March. But the version that is expected to become law reflects a compromise between the two chambers.

The House updated the legislation to extend the window for divestment from six to nine months. The president was given the authority to extend that runway another 90 days, creating in effect a one-year grace period.

The tweak proved decisive in winning the support of Sen. Maria
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