Senators on Tuesday rejected a proposal to impose new restrictions on swipe surge Tinder, a swipe game popular in the U.K., France, Italy, Canada and the United States.
The move, which would have required users to be on the app by the time a swipe occurs, was among a flurry of actions by Senate Democrats to push back on the Republican-led Congress over President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Democrats, who hold a majority in the Senate, have argued that the swipe game is a way for people to “hook up” with others on social media.
But Republican senators, led by Sens.
Susan Collins of Maine and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have repeatedly said they would vote against the bill.
“I do not support legislation that would ban swiping,” Manchin said on Tuesday.
“It’s a dangerous, insidious assault on democracy.”
The senators said that the bill would be a “bad day for our democracy.”
“Swipe Surge” is one of the most popular games on the platform.
On Tuesday, a Facebook video showed people playing the game in a park in New York.
“What we want to do is take the game out of its niche, and we’re going to make it more accessible to all Americans,” Collins said.
The bill, which has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, would also require that users be registered in the app before they can make a swipe.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said the bill was “bad news for millions of Americans who use Tinder to meet up.”
The bill would also prevent the app from being able to track users’ movements across the United Kingdom and France, where it has about a million users.
“We are deeply concerned that this legislation is designed to give law enforcement more power to seize individuals’ phones and data and force them to surrender them to authorities,” Thune said.
Manchin called the bill “another step in the erosion of the basic liberties that Americans have taken for generations.”
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., told The Hill that he supported the move, but called the measure “a big step backward.”
The move by Senate Dems comes as Trump has faced criticism from Republicans for his travel ban and for his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United State.
Sen.(D-Ore.) told The Washington Post that “if the Republican Party is not willing to do their job and stand up to the president, then it should get out of the way.”
The U.N. special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression has also questioned Trump’s policies.
The U tome reported on Tuesday that she has received calls from people across the country about the travel ban, which is due to go into effect on March 16.
The draft legislation calls for Trump to issue a “certificate of compliance” by March 18 that will allow the government to temporarily block people from entering, boarding or boarding land.
The White House is working with lawmakers to push the bill through the Senate before Trump takes office.
The travel ban is the most widely criticized and debated issue in the new Trump administration.
Trump has made a series of controversial comments in recent weeks, including saying that “there’s something going on” with the mentally ill, transgender people and African Americans.
He also said that people on the Muslim list should not be able to serve as interpreters.