Tired of losing that hour of sleep every year on the second Sunday of March? That nightmare may finally be coming to an end, as the U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bill for making Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent across the nation, a step toward ending the long-time ritual of advancing clocks by one hour in the springtime as a means of securing extra evening daylight. The Sunshine Protection bill, as it’s called, now needs to pass the House, and assuming that it succeeds and the President doesn’t veto it, we can all celebrate the end to changing the clocks twice a year.
“Springing forward and falling back year after year only creates unnecessary confusion while harming Americans’ health and our economy,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, a co-sponsor of the bill, said last year. “Making Daylight Saving permanent would give folks an hour back of sunshine during the winter months when we need it most.”
BREAKING—a bill to make Daylight Savings permanent just passed the US Senate by **Unanimous Consent** (S.623: Sunshine Protection Act, as amended to make Daylight Saving Time permanent). It only needs to now pass the House before going to Biden’s desk!— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 15, 2022
Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent (CNET)
- The Sunshine Protection Act still has to face a vote in the House, but if eventually passed would mean an end to changing the clocks twice a year — and a potential end to depressing early afternoon darkness during winter.
- Rubio said Tuesday that permanent Daylight Saving Time will help prevent pedestrian accidents, reduce crime and decrease seasonal depression and childhood obesity.
- The bill delays the implementation of permanent DST until November 2023 to give time to airlines and railways to adjust their schedules.