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S. 3455 (116th): No TikTok on Government Devices Act

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Should the Beijing-headquartered video app be deemed a national security threat?


The video-sharing app TikTok has become the hot new app particularly among younger audiences. It was the fourth-most downloaded app of 2019, besting such heavyweights as Netflix, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Spotify. 69% of its audience are from Generation Z.

Launched in China in 2012 and expanding to non-Chinese markets in 2017, the app is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. Reports have revealed TikTok censored videos that were deemed offensive to China’s Communist Party, and reportedly may have allowed the Chinese government to obtain data from U.S. users. (Although TikTok has denied the practice.)

As a result, several U.S. government agencies or departments in recent months have banned the app for its employees …

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Joshua “Josh” Hawley

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Missouri. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 6, 2020
Length: 6 pages
Mar 12, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on August 6, 2020 but was never passed by the House.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


5 Cosponsors (5 Republicans)


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R Street Institute estimates new spending due to S. 3455 will be negligible.


Mar 12, 2020

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jul 22, 2020
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Aug 6, 2020
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Aug 10, 2020
Reported by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

S. 3455 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3455. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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