How the youngest and oldest House members voted on the TikTok bill

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WASHINGTON — Legislation that could prohibition TikTok in nan U.S. connected Wednesday passed pinch overwhelming support in nan House, including nan mostly of members nether 50.

An NBC News study reviewed nan votes of each personnel of nan House, grouped by age, and recovered that 78% of nan 124 members nether nan property of 50 voted successful favour of nan measure and astir 19% of them voted against it. Three members nether 50 didn't ballot and 1 voted present.

The first Gen-Z and youngest personnel of Congress, Rep. Maxwell Frost, D-Fla., was among nan younger lawmakers who opposed nan measure, which would telephone connected TikTok’s China-based genitor company, ByteDance, to waste it.

In a station connected X up of nan vote, Frost, 27, wrote, "I judge nan measure does group TikTok up to beryllium banned" and added that location are First Amendment issues successful taking distant a level that much than 170 cardinal Americans usage and said it wouldn't "fix nan superior issues we person pinch information privacy."

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., 34, a prolific societal media user, besides voted against nan bill, which could consequence successful TikTok being removed from app stores successful nan U.S. She based on connected X that while nan authorities raises "serious antitrust and privateness questions," nan measure was "incredibly rushed, from committee to ballot successful 4 days, pinch small explanation."

Ocasio-Cortez was 1 of only 5 House members nether nan property of 40 to ballot against nan bill. Most of nan others voted for it, isolated from Rep. Josh Harder, D-Calif., who didn't vote.

The No. 3 House Republican, Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, 39, wrote connected X, "This important measure is captious to protect our nationalist information and guarantee that nan American group are not improperly targeted, surveilled, aliases influenced by a overseas adversary for illustration Communist China done online applications for illustration TikTok."

And while astir of nan older members of nan House, including erstwhile House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., voted successful favour of nan bill, immoderate besides voted against it.

House Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., who astatine 83 is 1 of nan oldest members successful nan little chamber, opposed nan bill.

“I sewage a bunch of Chinese companies successful my district. They make refrigerators and each kinds of stuff,” he told NBC News.

Asked astir nan effect connected young voters successful nan 2024 election, Clyburn said, “Well, that surely is thing that I deliberation about, and I do judge that if we are going to do this, we request to do it for everybody successful each way.” That includes taking a look astatine Section 230 of nan Communications Act, which provides immunity to societal media giants and different net companies successful lawsuits related to contented posted online, he said.

While President Joe Biden, 81, has indicated he would motion nan TikTok measure if it makes it to his desk, its way successful nan Senate remains murky.

Rebecca Shabad

Rebecca Shabad is simply a authorities newsman for NBC News based successful Washington.

JoElla Carman

JoElla Carman is nan Data Graphics Interactive Visual Designer