U.S. Senate Adopts Bipartisan Bill To Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent

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The Center Square [By Brett Rowland] –

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023.

Lawmakers unanimously adopted the Sunshine Protection Act, which advocates say will boost economic activity. The measure must pass the U.S. House of Representatives before going to President Joe Biden for consideration.

The bill, S.623, would apply to those states who participate in daylight saving time. Most states observe daylight saving time for eight months each year. The bill would do away with changing clocks twice a year. Hawaii and most of Arizona do not participate in Daylight Saving Time.

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-FL, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, sponsored the measure.

“Resetting the clocks may soon be a thing of the past,” Whitehouse said in a statement. “This is a bipartisan bill that has received a very strong response from constituents. I’m hopeful we can get the House of Representatives on board with an extra hour of afternoon sun in the winter and send this bill to the President’s desk.”


Nineteen states – Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming – have passed similar laws, resolutions, or voter initiatives, Rubio said. States need federal approval to make the change.

“I think the majority of the American people’s preference is just to stop the back and forth changing,” Rubio said.

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The Florida Senator said research shows switching the clocks had been linked to increased heart attacks, car accidents and pedestrian accidents. He said other research suggests light later in the day could reduce crime and childhood obesity.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-OK, another bill sponsor, previously said the bill would appeal to parents of young children, among others.

“I don’t know a parent of a young child that would oppose getting rid of springing forward or falling back,” he said in a statement last week. “Congress created Daylight Saving decades ago as a wartime effort, now it is well past time to lock the clock and end this experiment.”

About the Author: Brett Rowland, The Center Square Regional Editor. Brett Rowland has worked as a reporter in newsrooms in Illinois and Wisconsin. He most recently served as news editor of the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He previously held the same position at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb. Contact Rowland at browland@watchdog.org

5 thoughts on “U.S. Senate Adopts Bipartisan Bill To Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent

  • March 16, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    I agree. Daylight savings time really serves no purpose any longer. It usually takes about a week to get use to the changes in time spring and fall.
    God bless America.

  • March 16, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    That’s great if that senile fake president will sign it?

  • March 17, 2022 at 12:45 am

    I live in Hawaii. It would be wonderful if the mainland chose to remain on STANDARD time permanently. Saving time just widens the time gap between us and the the states on the continent. But then when, if ever, is the fiftieth state ever considered?


  • March 17, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Let me get this straight. We have our country falling apart, Wars are starting in Europe, China wants to Destroy us. China is going to put Billistic Missles in South America. The illegal president of our country is helping china and Russia destroy our country and all our representatives can think about is CHANGING THE TIME???????????? Is that why we elected them????????

  • March 23, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Year-round daylight savings time was tried when Nixon was president. It was colossal failure. No one liked going to work two hours before sunrise in mid-winter. When children started being hit by cars while waiting on school buses in the dark, it was repealed. If you want to stop changing clocks, then making year-round standard time the law.


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