Yesterday, March 15, 2022, the United States Senate unanimously approved a bill for ending the bi-annual changing of the clocks. If Congress passes the bill, it will be sent over to President Biden to be signed.
The Sunshine Protection Act was introduced by Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Today we passed out of the Senate my bill to make Daylight Savings Time permanent
Now it’s up to the House to help us #LockTheClock
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 15, 2022
To further explain why we started the time-change in the first place, the Independence writes:
Why do we do this?
Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the US and a noted polymath, came up with the idea of resetting clocks during the summer in order to save energy. The practice became widespread on 21 March 1918 as a way to reduce the number of hours homes needed to use lighting and electricity.
It became a federal law in the US in 1966, but some states opted out of observing DST.
Arizona, American Samoa, Hawaii, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands do not lose an hour during their days – except for protected lands of the Navajo Native American tribe in Arizona, who do observe the time change.
The time change has become a subject of debate in recent years as many have suggested we no longer have need for the switch, and that keeping the time from changing would result in longer days outside and a decrease in seasonal depression.
“I know this is not the most important issue confronting America, but it’s one of those issues where there’s a lot of agreement,” Senator Marco Rubio, one of the bill’s sponsors, said. “If we can get this passed, we don’t have to do this stupidity anymore.
“Pardon the pun, but this is an idea whose time has come.”
It seems that everybody is on board. Sen. Rick Scott tweeted his support for the bill:
Since I was Governor, I’ve been fighting to make #DaylightSavingTime permanent. I’m proud the Senate unanimously passed my & @marcorubio’s Sunshine Protection Act that’ll give everyone more sunshine year-long
The House should immediately pass this bill & send it to @POTUS.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) March 15, 2022
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