Here comes the sun: the Senate agrees on permanent daylight saving time

“If we can get this through, we don’t have to keep doing this stupidity anymore,” Rubio said. “Why we would enshrine this in our laws and keep it around for so long is beyond me.”

As he proposed, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), President of the Senate, appeared to exclaim, “Oh, I love that.” (The state of Sinema does not observe daylight saving time.)

Although some senators had objected to the proposal in recent days, they all melted away in the end, said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.), one of Rubio’s partners on the bill. He said supporters of the bill had intentionally waited until the nation was reeling from another time change, which happened on Sunday: “We tried to do it once the clocks came from change. Because it made it more timely.

But the drama is not over yet. Whitehouse said he had not received assurances from Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the future of the permanent DST bill in the House. Rubio said he hoped his Capitol colleagues would “act quickly” and summed it up: “Pardon the pun, but: it’s an idea whose time has come.”

Rubio said the implementation of the legislation would be delayed until November 2023 to accommodate transport sector industries, such as airlines and trains, which already have set timetables. The House could also theoretically amend the bill to change its implementation date, which would require additional Senate action.

Congress actually tried permanent DST in the 1970s, but quickly reversed course amid widespread public outcry against the change.

An aide to the House Democratic leadership was not immediately available to comment on whether the chamber would act on the measure. But there will be immense pressure on both sides to move; Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) said that since joining Rubio’s bill, the phones in his office have “ringed non-stop” in support of the clocks’ continued advancement.

“Americans want more sunshine and less depression,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said as she saluted the measure on the floor.


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