Both of Missouri’s Republican senators plan to vote “yes” on the U.S. House bill that could ban TikTok from the United States.

The bill would force TikTok’s parent company, China-based ByteDance, to sell the social media platform within five months or else it would be banned from app stores in the U.S.

Junior Senator Eric Schmitt said he’ll review the bill before casting his vote, but maintains that divesting China from TikTok is the right thing to do.

“I think that this is a massive AI spy weapon aimed directly at the United States of America, specifically our kids,” Schmitt told Missourinet. “They’re tracking whereabouts, movements, behaviors, (and) personal information. The Communist Party of China, which is a brutal dictatorial regime hell bent on world domination, has access to all of that very personal information.”

Senior Missouri Senator Josh Hawley said China should not own social media used by millions of Americans.

“Listen, I’m gonna figure this across the board,” Hawley told Missourinet. “I don’t think that China ought to own farmland in Missouri or in America. I don’t think they ought to own our industry, whether it’s our meatpacking companies or our steel companies, and I don’t think they should own our media – including social media.”

The bill passed the U.S. House on Wednesday 352-65 on a strong bipartisan vote. Six of Missouri’s seven members of Congress voted “yes:” Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo. 3rd; Mark Alford, R, Mo. 4th; Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo. 5th; Sam Graves, R-Mo. 6th; Eric Burlison, R-Mo. 7th; and Jason Smith, R-Mo. 8th. Cori Bush, D-Mo. 1st, was the only Missouri congressional member to vote “no.” Second District Congresswoman Ann Wagner did not vote.

President Joe Biden has said he’ll sign the bill into law if it makes it to his desk.

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