Biden’s Landmark Move: Signs Foreign Aid and TikTok Bill, Changing the Game

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Joe Biden signed into law the controversial measure that was passed by the House of Representatives on Saturday, then the Senate Tuesday night. The measure approved foreign aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, while forcing the Chinese owner of the social media app TikTok to divest.

Biden made remarks at the signing.

Biden, wearing a US-Ukrainian pin, spoke from the White House on Wednesday after signing the bill. He said it was “a good day” for America, Ukraine, and world peace.

Biden stated that the aid package “will make America safer.” It will make the whole world safer. “It continues America’s global leadership.”

The passage of this bill will have a significant impact on TikTok.

The law will likely be challenged in court and the time frame included will delay the implementation of the law.

Sell for up to one year

First, the measure allows ByteDance to sell the app for nine months and an additional three if the sale is already underway.

TikTok could be banned if this does not happen.

Most likely court challenges

Second, TikTok is preparing to file a lawsuit to stop the law. TikTok has denied for years that it is a threat.

The time it takes to implement a ban on the sale of vehicles could be even longer if there are court challenges.

The First Amendment is strong in America, so it may not be quite as simple as you think.

The Ukraine funding is expected to be completed in a short time.

The effects of the bill will be most acute on Ukrainian battlefields, where soldiers faced shortages of ammunition and suffered battlefield losses due to lack of US assistance.

Biden stated that the military supplies would be shipped to Ukraine “within the next few minutes.” The equipment would include artillery, rockets, and munitions.

Just moments after Biden had signed the law, the Pentagon announced that a $1 billion package of aid would be sent to Ukraine.

The new package includes ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, artillery rounds and air defense missiles RIM-7, AIM-9M, Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, and Stinger anti-aircraft weapons. The package also includes various logistic and tactical vehicles as well as an anti-armor system, training munitions, spare parts, and small arms ammunition, including 50 caliber rounds to combat drones.

Congress is on break. However, upon its return, House Speaker Mike Johnson will have to deal with the consequences of his efforts in securing the measure’s approval, including a motion to vacate that was filed by Marjorie Taylor Greene, a fellow Republican from Georgia.