Senators Rubio, Scott reintroduce bill that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent
Mar 12 2021
Despite the partisanship that grips Washington - with this moment being no exception amid intractable political division - members of Congress seem to come together yearly as part of an endeavor to once and for all stop the sun from setting before 5 p.m.in the winter.
Daylight Saving Time will be used through November 7, when clocks will "fall" back an hour to begin Standard Time.
To remember which way to set their clocks, people often use the expression, "spring forward, fall back".
Bicameral and bipartisan bills, appropriately called the Sunshine Protection Act, would void the necessity for Americans to ever change their clocks.
Irwin - a longtime proponent of stopping the time change - said in a statement Wednesday that studies have shown changing the clocks leads to increased accidents, higher rates of strokes and heart attacks and decreased productivity. Sure, it's nice to get that "extra hour of sleep" every fall, but is it extra if it gets snatched away a few months later - or if you spend it watching Netflix anyway because, after all, it's not like you're losing any sleep? Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in a press release. "Now it is well past time to lock the clock and end this experiment".
Research shows that the disruption to the internal clock can cause increased rates of heart attacks, stroke, weight gain, anxiety and contribute to workplace injuries and vehicle accidents. Currently, it is not used in Hawaii and most of Arizona. There are also broader benefits to the economy, especially within the agricultural industry.
This session, bills sponsored by Sen.
Many lawmakers have tried to change the system over the years, although efforts to exempt MI from daylight saving time and keep the state on Eastern Standard Time year-round never made it through the legislative process.
Quebec did express some interest in doing the same, but both provinces are waiting on one another as well as NY to make the switch and will observe the time change as usual this year as a result.
"Extra sunshine in the evenings not only puts a spring in our step and offers the flawless reason to get outside, but it also positively impacts consumer spending and shifts energy consumption", said Sen.
Sunset on March 14 will be about an hour later than on March 13.