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US Votes To Save The Daylight

The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent in 2023.

It will save them hundreds of hours of daylight per year! Who wouldn’t want to get their hands on that?

Year-round daylight savings time was used during World War Two and again in 1973 and now people are backing it’s return.

Supporters of the move are advocating for brighter afternoons, more economic activity and less confusions on those two days a year you have to change your clock.

They also believe the change would help enable children to play outdoors later and reduce seasonal depression.

Unfortunately, it does remove two excuses per year to not be on time to things, but that’s the price you pay for hundreds of hours of daylight.

The Sunshine Protection Act (it’s real name) has been approved by the Senate unanimously, by voice vote. Now, the House of Representatives must pass the bill before it can go to President Joe Biden to sign.

Then they have to wait and see whether Biden is for or against sunshine. One of the bill’s sponsors, Marco Rubio said "I know this is not the most important issue confronting America, but it's one of those issues where there's a lot of agreement”.

The House Energy and Commerce Representative, Frank Pallone, cited a 2019 poll that found 71% of Americans prefer to no longer switch their clocks twice a year.

Another leading sponsor, Senator Ed Markey said "It has real repercussions on our economy and our daily lives".

The pure turmoil it adds to sleeping patterns was also explained (exaggerated?) by supporters.

Beth Malow, director of the Vanderbilt Sleep Division, argued daylight savings time makes it harder to be alert in the morning, saying it "is like living in the wrong time zone for almost eight months out of the year". Pallone said the time change "can cause havoc on the sleeping patterns of our kids and our pets".

So 2023 could see daylight savings time be a permanent fixture in the U.S and if nothing else, the nation’s dogs will have a more regular sleeping pattern.