Legislation first introduced in 2019 by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was passed in the Senate and now heads to the House. The legislation would make Daylight Saving Time permanent across the U.S.
If passed, the change will take effect in November of 2023 so as not to impose the transportation industry’s schedules which are already working off of the existing time and are planned in advance.
Rubio said “it’s an idea whose time has come.” The measure received bipartisan support in the Senate and had both Republican and Democrat co-sponsors. Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island was the lead sponsor for the Dems.
“You’ll see it’s an eclectic collection of members of the United States Senate in favor of what we’ve just done here in the Senate, and that’s to pass a bill to make Daylight Savings Time permanent,” Rubio said on the Senate floor. “Just this past weekend, we all went through that biannual ritual of changing the clock back and forth and the disruption that comes with it. And one has to ask themselves after a while why do we keep doing it?”
“If we can get this passed, we don’t have to keep doing this stupidity anymore,” he added. “We can’t always get bipartisan agreement in Congress these days, but here’s one thing we can agree on: we could all use a bit more sunshine,” the pair wrote. “That’s why we’re working together in the US Senate to make sure we end the practice of ‘spring forward’ and ‘fall back’ by making daylight saving time permanent.”
Just last week Senators Rubio and Markey wrote an op-ed published on CNN explaining how dark afternoons in winter negatively impact mental and physical health. Additionally, changing clocks twice a year disrupts sleeping patterns which is vital to good health.
“The rate of heart attacks spikes by 24 [percent] in the days following ‘spring forward’ in March, according to a 2014 study from the University of Michigan. Another study, published in 2016, found stroke rates may also increase by eight percent,” the senators wrote. “Year-round daylight saving time could also decrease the likelihood of fatal car accidents, which jump six percent in the days following the time change, according to a 2020 study from the University of Colorado.”
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