The Senate Said No More Time Changes. So why did we still have to change our clocks?
Ending Time Change is a Popular Idea
In a surprising move in March, Senators voted unanimously on making daylight saving time permanent in the U.S.
According to BuzzFeed News, the proposal to make daylight saving time permanent is called the Sunshine Protection Act and it was just introduced earlier this year and was passed unanimously in the Senate.
So Why did we Still Have to Fall Back?
The bill is collecting dust in the House because they have had it since March, but they have not moved on it yet. But if the House passes the bill, it will then go to President Biden's desk for him to sign.
The unanimous passing in the Senate proves the bill has wide support for never having to turn clocks back in the U.S. ever again.
Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL, is the lead sponsor of the bill and had this to say, “Switching in and out of daylight saving time is outdated, and it's only a source of annoyance and confusion. Frankly, it's just dumb, and there's just no other way to say it.”
Twenty states, including Florida, have passed similar legislation to make daylight saving time permanent, but for that to take effect, the bill must be passed by Congress.
The bill allows states to pass their own laws to stick with switching clocks back and forth twice a year or to make daylight saving time permanent.
Some States are Ahead of the Curve
Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that don't observe daylight saving time.
Another sponsor of the bill, Senator Patty Murray, D-WA, had this to say, “No more dark afternoons in the winter. No more losing an hour of sleep every spring. We want more sunshine during our most productive waking hours, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Americans want more sunshine and less depression.”
The U.S. first adopted daylight saving time in 1918 to add extra sunlight hours in the summer and to conserve energy after the end of World War I.