There is a rare bipartisan agreement in Washington D.C. around the social media app TikTok. The app’s parent company, ByteDance, is headquartered in Beijing and is subject to Chinese law that requires companies to make their users’ data available to the Chinese Communist Party.

 

In March, the House passed a bill in a 352-65 vote, with the help of 197 Republicans and 155 Democrats, that gives TikTok a choice: either break from ByteDance or cease to operate in the U.S.

Biden says he will sign the bill if it land on his desk, so that just leaves the Senate.

 

“I’m hopeful that the Senate will act swiftly,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., says. “I believe that it is important that they do to address this immediate threat and get this on the president’s desk. This legislation is our best chance to end the Chinese Communist Party’s abuse of these apps that are targeting, surveilling, and manipulating Americans.”

 

McMorris Rodgers, who also serves as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain where the bill stands and why TikTok poses a threat to national security interests.

 

The congresswoman also explains why Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is in China this week.

 

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