US Senate Unanimously Votes to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent

In a striking display of bipartisanship, the United States Senate has unanimously approved a bill that - if approved by the US House of Representatives and signed by President Biden - would make Daylight Savings Time permanent for the US. As written, the law wouldn't take effect until November 20, 2023, meaning that the majority of the US would still have to endear one more "Spring Forward" and two more "Fall Back" DST changes, and which point the times would be locked permanently.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who has been a proponent of ending the twice-a-year time change for years and is the lead sponsor of the bill said on the Senate floor, "There’s strong science behind it that is now showing and making people aware of the harm that clock switching has, there’s an increase in heart attacks, car accidents and pedestrian accidents."

The bill now heads to the House for consideration. What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to the day when you no longer have to change your clocks? Please leave a comment below and if you like what I'm writing, please follow.

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About time (pun fully intended). Let's hope that's a catalyst for further debate around the world. Not sure what the benefits are but the drawbacks you describe are well researched, documented and stand up to scrutiny. Genuinely hope we can follow that lead in the UK.

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We should get rid of Daylight Saving Time, not make it permanent!  I hate having to wake up to pitch black mornings in the fall/winter.

I blame Big Candy and the Halloween lobby for perpetuating this travesty! 🤬

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Good riddance to daylight wasting time. 

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Ugh why maybe in the age of horse an buggy it makes sense. Given that the US congress is now a garontocrasy. They all remember the good ole days of horse and buggy 

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s0ckpupp3t

We should get rid of Daylight Saving Time, not make it permanent!  I hate having to wake up to pitch black mornings in the fall/winter.

I blame Big Candy and the Halloween lobby for perpetuating this travesty! 🤬

For those of us in northern latitudes, falling back means going from 4pm sunsets to 3pm sunsets in the winter 😅.  

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Max

For those of us in northern latitudes, falling back means going from 4pm sunsets to 3pm sunsets in the winter 😅.  

Good point. I'm in Alaska and look forward to the sunset lunches😉

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I think it’s a great idea. I hope it gets signed into law.  I love long summer days and I’m fine with never turning  the clock back in the fall.  

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Max

For those of us in northern latitudes, falling back means going from 4pm sunsets to 3pm sunsets in the winter 😅.  

Fair point.  Solution seems easy enough though — you need to move further south.  😜

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Hallelujah! Let’s hope this passes the house and is signed into law ASAP. The additional daylight in the evenings will be welcomed by many who will be able to have a life after work. Who needs sunsets at 5pm? Let the sunshine in! 

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Let me say this, about that.  

I recently moved from California to Arizona.  I was one of those people who said "you gotta bump the clock back and forth in order to have nice daylight during the important parts of the day."

Yeah, No.  Changing the clocks doesn't do squat.  

I have a grill in my backyard, and I like to put dinner on it as often as I can.  It's the cheapest way to eat. That's why I believed in it so much.  But it turns out it doesn't really make that much difference other than the sun rises at 7:00am here certain times of the year.  Pfffft!

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s0ckpupp3t

Fair point.  Solution seems easy enough though — you need to move further south.  😜

South is where I started, until everything started spontaneously combusting in the summer time 😅

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im gonna have to grow up and tell my grandchildren that we used to time travel twice every year.😎

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Finally! I hope this passes. Would be nice to have light when getting off work during the winter.

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YMMV, For me, living in the north of Alberta, where winter morning sun doesn't come up till 9AM anyways, DST is a welcome trade, and I'd be happy enough with it all year round.

It means after -40C heavy dark winters that freeze us November through to March, we can at least look forward to early summer when it stays light and warm from about 3:40AM till about 11:30PM. 😀 The daylight late evenings are a godsend. Work all day and still have lotsa daylight time to spend with your friends and your kids, if you have 'em.

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So are all current World Timers about to become antiques? 

If my math is right, 6 time zones will have the wrong city description. I've always liked the idea of buying a World Timer one day but not if a significant number of the cities are incorrect.  

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Aside, this is sadly the final nail in my worldtimer coffin.

  1. Think of city.
  2. Think of a major city it shares time zones with.
  3. Look up that city's time zone on a dial.
  4. See if it's highlighted, indicating they observe DST.
  5. Remember what date they switch times and note whether it's occurred yet.
  6. Hope they haven't changed policy to render your dial obsolete.
  7. Realize they have, so sell on Chrono24 to some sucker who hasn't yet realized.
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Too much trouble. I'll just ask my phone, "What time is it in Brisbane?"