On Tuesday, the Senate adopted a bill to make daylight saving time permanent, which, if enacted by the House and signed by President Biden, would mean that Americans would never have to put their clocks back an hour and lose an hour of afternoon daylight in the fall and winter again.
Early risers will lose an hour of daylight in the mornings in November, December, January, and February if the bill becomes law.
The sun will rise at 7:15 a.m. in New York, for example, under existing law. on December 21, the year’s shortest day If the Sunshine Protection Act passes, New Yorkers will have to wait until 8:15 a.m. to watch the sun rise. that particular day
On the other hand, instead of the sun sets at 4:31 p.m., the sun rises at 4:31 a.m. It will set at 5:31 p.m. in late December, giving folks a little more daylight to enjoy in the day.
The proposal’s chief supporter, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), highlighted a slew of advantages, ranging from reduced seasonal affective disorder in the late fall and early winter to longer daylight for school sports.
He added on the Senate floor that there is good research behind it that is now revealing and making people aware of the harm that clock switching causes, such as an increase in heart attacks, car accidents, and pedestrian accidents.
The research took into account the following benefits of daylight saving time: reduced crime because there is more light later in the day, a decrease in seasonal depression that many people experience during standard time, and the practical one, he noted.
It would also provide schoolchildren more time to play in the daylight after school, according to Rubio.
Rubio asked the House to take up and adopt the bill as soon as possible.
He also stated that it would not go into effect until the following year.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), the bill’s chief Democratic backer, said the bill’s approval will be welcomed in his home state.