It was revealed on Tuesday that the Senate passed a bill that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the whole of the United States.
By unanimous consent, the House of Representatives passed the Sunshine Protection Act. Bills that seek to pass the House and become law still need to be signed by Joe Biden and the President before becoming law. There will no longer be any falling back every year in the fall if the measure is passed by Congress and signed into law.
Despite reaching out to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office for a comment, CNN did not immediately receive a response as to when or if the House will take up the bill.
In an interview, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a sponsor of the legislation, said there is no guarantee the House will take it up, but “this is an idea that’s long overdue.”
The bill was considered by the Senate at the time of Senate President Kyrsten Sinema’s presiding and Arizona is a state that does not observe Daylight Saving Time, which could be heard on the microphone saying, “Ooh, I love it.” As soon as it was passed, she gave it a loud “Yay! ”
Bipartisan support of the bill can be seen in the fact that it has several Republican as well as Democratic sponsors.
As you might expect, the United States Senate is an eclectic collection of individuals supporting what we just accomplished here in the Senate, and that’s the passing of a bill to make Daylight Savings Time permanent, said Senator Marco Rubio in remarks on the Senate floor. “We have all gone through that biannual ritual of switching the clock back and forth: changing it from the morning to the evening and all the disruption that comes along with it. And you have to wonder, after a while, why we keep doing it?”
Immediately after hearing that the bill had passed, Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt expressed his support for the legislation.I just think that it is better to have an extra hour at the end of the day on a consistent basis than to have kids going to and coming from school when it is pitch black.
He mentioned that the bill delays implementation until November 2023 since, he stated, the transportation industry has already established their schedules based on the current time and have asked for an additional month to adjust them.
During the announcement of the bill’s passage, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, who was billed as the leading Democratic sponsor, stated that the law “would give a chance for Americans all across the country to be rid of fall back, to make daylight saving time permanent and to add a little daylight into most people’s lives.”