Daylight Saving Time Ends in 2022 Despite March Senate Bill: Why Congress Won’t Stop DST

WASHINGTON– On Sunday morning we will all be reluctantly turn our clocks back one hour — and in doing so, relegating us to a winter of darkness.

It doesn’t have to be like that!

Last March, the Senate passed a bill to make daylight saving time permanent, meaning there would be no return to “standard time” from early November through mid- march.

“You will see that it is an eclectic collection of members of the United States Senate in favor of what we have just done here in the Senate, and that is to pass a bill to make daylight saving time permanent,” said Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio. said at the time. “Last weekend, we all went through that semi-annual ritual of changing the clock back and forth and the disruptions that come with it. And one has to wonder after a while why do we keep doing it? “

And yet, all these months later — and with the expected rollback — the Democratic-led House has failed to take action. And he seems unlikely to do so in the lame session following next week’s midterm elections.

“I can’t say it’s a priority,” Rep. Frank Pallone, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told The Hill newspaper in July.

FROM MARCH : Senate introduces bill to make daylight saving time permanent and end ‘rollback’ forever

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she personally favors permanent DST, but said in March that “it won’t really be a problem” for her caucus.

Which is strange. Because making DST permanent is widely popular. A Monmouth University poll in March showed that 61% of Americans would rather get rid of our biannual clock changes. The survey also revealed that 44% of Americans prefer to make daylight saving time permanent, while 13% (who are those people!) want to run daylight saving time year-round.

The debate over daylight saving time has been going on for a very long time. And the misunderstanding of why we do it goes back at least as long. It’s not, as is commonly assumed, because we wanted to give farmers more time to work in the fields in the spring and summer. Instead, it aims to reduce our electricity consumption by lighting it up later in the day.

In fact, our current DST practices are less than two decades old. Before 2007, daylight saving time started in April and ended in October. But in 2005, President George W. Bush — hoping to solve the country’s long-term energy problems — made daylight saving time start three weeks earlier and end a week later.

The Department of Energy found in 2008 that extending DST for four weeks saved about 0.5% of daily electricity consumption. So there is this.

(Box: The United States is not alone in observing daylight saving time. Seventy other countries around the world do too. But in Britain, France and Germany, the change is taking place on a different schedule: clocks go forward on the last Sunday in March, and fall back on the last Sunday in October.)

The origins of the idea are debated. But in a 1784 letter to the editor of the Journal de Paris, Benjamin Franklin suggested that Parisians could save money by getting up earlier during the summer because they would then have to light fewer candles in the evening.

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Norman D. Briggs