Earlier this month, America “lost” an hour, due to Daylight Savings Time that involved
During the fall, America tends to “gain” an hour when the clocks turn back by 60 minutes. Daylight Savings Time has been around for quite some time; however, many people are ready to see this tradition meet its demise.
People who do not favor Daylight Savings Time say time changes cause havoc, create confusion, and stir up issues with different time zones.
However, others in favor of Daylight Savings Time claim it helps people in certain parts of the country avoid long stretches of darkness.
In any event, the United States Senate recently passed a bill that would stop the hour jumps associated with Daylight Savings Time. However, according to Newsmax, the legislation appears to have hit a snag in the House of Representatives.
Here to Stay?
While the Senate eagerly passed the bill to ensure that Daylight Savings Time is permanent, House members are a little less eager.
Interestingly enough, both Republicans and Democrats in the lower congressional chamber have indicated their legislative priorities lie elsewhere. For instance, lawmakers cite legislation regarding Ukraine as more important than a bill about Daylight Savings Time.
YES, this still needs house approval. Follow me and I’ll keep you updated!
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) March 15, 2022
Then, there are other House members who say they need more time to review the bill recently passed by the Senate.
Certain House Democrats representing states like Texas, Washington, etc., have stated they’ll need to hear more from their constituents before deciding whether they can vote for ending Daylight Savings Time’s ongoing hour jumps.
The Remaining Two Factors
The Senate has clearly spoken in favor of making Daylight Savings Time permanent. However, the House of Representatives and President Biden will be the final two factors that determine whether this bill succeeds.
If the bill were to pass, it would go into effect next year in the spring time. However, given the House’s current reaction to the legislation, it may not even get enough votes to potentially garner a presidential signature.
Senate passes bill by unanimous consent to make Daylight Saving Time permanent.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) seems excited about it. pic.twitter.com/WL44FBQAGf
— The Recount (@therecount) March 15, 2022
The tradition of Daylight Savings Time dates back to 1942 and was a reaction to ongoing war during that period.
Since then, various members of Congress have routinely weighed the pros and cons of “springing forward” and “falling back” each year.
On social media, the push to end Daylight Savings Time has faced some criticism from folks on the left.
Left-wing social media users have opined the Senate should direct the focus from Daylight Savings Time to matters like climate change, the minimum wage, student loans, etc.
Many Republican lawmakers, on the other hand, are supportive of taking down Daylight Savings Time once and for all.
Are you for or against Daylight Savings Time? Please be sure to share your thoughts about this in the comments area.