Senate Approves Permanent Daylight Saving Time Bill
On Tuesday, March 22, the Senate approved a measure to make Daylight Saving Time (DST) year-round across the United States next year (2023). This would put an end to the continuous debate on whether to keep this biannual tradition or not.
For those who are against Daylight Saving Time, observing it year-round is a piece of good news because they don't have to change their clocks twice a year. Not only that, but they will prevent experiencing the adverse effects of DST.
The bipartisan bill is also called the Sunshine Protection Act. But before Americans celebrate, they need to wait for the bill to get President Joe Biden’s signature
Once President Biden signed the Daylight Saving Time bill, it would become a law, ensuring Americans that there would be no more switching clocks. They will also receive more daylight hours to spend after school or work.
"No more switching clocks, more daylight hours to spend outside after school and after work, and more smiles — we get with permanent Daylight Saving Time," Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey said.
Markey is the original cosponsor of the legislation. Senators from both parties joined Markey to fight for the bill.
According to the senators, permanent DST would positively affect public health and reduce energy consumption. Florida Senator Rick Scott stated that changing the clock twice a year is outdated and unnecessary.
Scott’s statement was supported by Washington Senator Patty Murray when he explained that Americans want more sunshine and less depression. Markey called on his colleagues in the House of Representatives to lighten up and swiftly pass the Sunshine Protection Act.
Many states across the U.S. have already standardized Daylight Saving Time. But on March 13, DST started again in most states. As such, Americans had to change their clocks which will be changed after a few months.