The United States Senate has passed a bill to make daylight saving time permanent.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – To encourage brighter afternoons and increased economic activity, the Senate on Tuesday enacted legislation making daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023.
The Senate adopted the Sunshine Protection Act by voice vote. The law must still be passed by the House of Representatives before it can be signed by Vice President Joe Biden. The White House hasn’t indicated if Biden backs it No backing from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was given, although she was claimed to be attentively considering it.
As a result of airline and broadcaster feedback, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced backers decided to delay the move until November 2023.
Activists say the shift would allow kids to play outside later and minimise seasonal sadness.
“I realise this isn’t the most critical problem facing America, but there is a lot of consensus,” Rubio added. “If we pass this, we won’t have to perform this nonsense.”
In his words, “this is a time-tested concept.”
“We should not have kids going to school in the dark,” the National Association of Convenience Stores told Congress last month.
On Sunday, most of the US returned to standard time, shifting one hour forward. The US will revert to regular time in November.
Since 2015, around 30 states have submitted legislation to eliminate the twice-yearly clock change, some requiring adjacent states to follow suit.
Last Monday, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Frank Pallone, remarked, “That one hour of lost sleep tends to linger for days. It can also disrupt our children’s and pets’ sleep routines.”
Pallone supports abolishing the clock-switching but hasn’t chosen between daylight and regular time.
“It’s like living in the incorrect time zone for almost eight months of the year,” said Beth Malow, head of the Vanderbilt Sleep Division.
According to a 2019 research, 71% of Americans prefer not to change their clocks twice a year.
Supporters claim the move might avoid a minor rise in automobile collisions around time changes, and studies show a modest increase in heart attacks and strokes. More evening daylight, they say, might aid industries like golf courses.
“It affects our economy and our daily lives,” said Senator Ed Markey, a co-sponsor.
Daylight saving time has been in existence in practically all of the US since the 1960s. An oil embargo forced the reinstatement of year-round daylight savings time in 1973, but it was revoked a year later.
Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands would be exempt from the measure.