Daylight saving time may be made permanent in the United States beginning next year, according to legislation adopted by the Senate on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
The legislation, titled The Sunshine Protection Act, was approved by unanimous agreement, which means that it had no opposition from senators. American citizens will no longer be required to change their clocks twice a year if the bill is passed.
“We got it past the Senate, and now the clock is ticking to get the job done so we never have to switch our clocks again,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said on the Senate floor. “So I urge my colleagues in the House to act as swiftly as the Senate — let’s get this bill on President Biden’s desk and deliver more sunshine to Americans across the country.”
In 1918, the United States instituted daylight saving time in order to provide additional daylight hours during the summer months. Beginning in 2007, it was extended by four weeks every year. States are not compelled to observe daylight saving time, and Hawaii and the majority of Arizona are among those that do not. Many argue that being forced to change our clocks 2 times a year was one of the dumbest ideas ever to pass through the government.
As a result of the bill, states that have territories that are excluded from daylight saving time would be able to set standard time for such regions.
“It’s time for Congress to take up our bipartisan legislation to make Daylight Saving Time permanent and brighten the coldest months with an extra hour of afternoon sun,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a co-sponsor of the legislation, said in a tweet.
The measure is now headed to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass and be sent to President Joe Biden’s desk. Sunday marked the start of daylight saving time, which will remain until Nov. 6 unless the measure is passed.
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