US Senate votes to make daylight saving time permanent
WASHINGTON - Legislators approved a bill Tuesday that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023.
The Sunshine Protection Act passed unanimously in the Senate but still needs to pass through the house and a signature by President Biden to become law.
Senator Marco Rubio sponsored the legislation, saying "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," according to CNN.
"I personally love it. I love to have more sun. I get to enjoy the day more so I am about it," said Andrea Bueche, a Baton Rouge resident.
Multiple positive reactions to the news that the Senate was looking to make daylight saving time permanent.
"I think having more daylight hours especially with the statistics of less car accidents and other issues. It is something to look at. I think the net of it will be positive," said Adam Burgess, another Baton Rouge resident.
"I like the extra hour of sunlight because I don't like when it gets dark at five o'clock. I like being able to do things, like right now, it'd normally be dark," said Hannah Purvis, another resident.
Senator Marco Rubio sponsored the bill and hopes it will eliminate the back and forth.
"The good news is if we can get this passed, we don't have to keep doing this stupidity anymore," he said.
The senator believes this bill should have passed a long time ago but says now is a good time.
"Why we would enshrine this in our laws and keep it for so long is beyond me, but hopefully this is the year that this gets done and pardon the pun. But this is an idea whose time has come," Rubio said.
The proposed change would get rid of setting clocks back in the fall and having to re-adjust physically to the time change.
"It's definitely hard, the switch. It really messes with me basically just my body adapting to it," Bueche said.
"Just going on with your everyday life cause you're like okay I'd normally be going to sleep right now," Purvis said.
While the bill's fate hangs in the balance, the unanimous agreement in the senate makes some optimistic it'll go all the way through.
"It was passed unanimously by the Senate. I think that sends a pretty clear message of their constituents and the senators themselves, and I anticipate that the house will pass it as well and then subsequently the president will sign it," Burgess said.
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