Daylight saving time could become permanent in the US if the Florida senator has his way.
Marco Rubio wants to move away from what he calls the “outdated practice” of changing clocks twice a year.
He reintroduced a bill called the Sunshine Protection Act, which passed the Senate No opposition last year, but stalled when it reached the House
“This twice-yearly ritual of changing the time is stupid,” he said in a statement.
“Locking the clock has overwhelming bipartisan and popular support. This convention, I hope we can finally get this done.”
The bill would mean that daylight saving time (which starts in March and ends in November in the US) will become permanent year-round.
Representative Vern Buchanan, who introduced the accompanying legislation, said “making daylight saving time permanent has enormous health and economic benefits”.
Time to stop fiddling with the clock?
“Florida lawmakers have voted to implement permanent DST in my home state, and Congress should pass the Sun Protection Act to move Florida and the rest of the country to DST year-round,” he added.
Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, a co-sponsor of the bill, said, “Now is the time to bring this bill to the President’s desk so we can put the stress, headaches, and annoying twice-yearly The clock reset is a break from our jobs. Lives”.
Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota said changing the clocks was “a pointless exercise that robs us of daylight hours at the darkest time of the year.”
The United States first adopted daylight saving time in 1918 to save energy during World War I, but it wasn’t officially made law until 1966 with the Uniform Time Act.
UK also Daylight saving time introduced during the war – 1916 is the first year of British Summer Time (BST).
BST was made permanent in 1968 in an experiment lasting three years.
One of the main arguments for changing the clocks is that lighter winter mornings mean fewer children are killed in traffic accidents on their way to school. During the experiment period, the number of accidents rose significantly.