US Senate Votes to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent

US Senate Votes to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent

( – Spring forward, fall back. Americans commonly use these phrases to remember how to adjust their clocks for Daylight Savings Time (DST) every year. However, the practice may soon become an old memory. The Senate just voted to make the time change permanent to allow more daylight in the afternoons.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was one of the lawmakers who sponsored the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021, which would make DST permanent. While the Senate approved the bill unanimously, the House and President Joe Biden have to approve it before it becomes law.

Supporters of the bill include the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, who believe the twice-yearly time changes lead to sleep deprivation and other problems. Making DST permanent would have some children going to school in the dark, although they would have more sunlight in the afternoon to play outside.

The Hill shared more about the vote:

If Biden signs the bill into law, it will start on November 20, 2023, to allow airlines and other transportation industries to adjust to the change. The US tried this once before in the 70s, but it was not long before Americans asked Congress to repeal the law after it caused an uptick in early-morning accidents, injuring many school-aged children. Now, it’s up to every American’s representatives to see if the nation tries this again, hopefully with better results.

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