Spring forward. Fall back. It appears the insanity may be coming to an end. Finally.
First, let me say I can't believe how close we now are. After years and years of state's talking about ending either Daylight Saving or Standard Time and then actually not doing anything, we're at the doorstep of it happening... nationwide. It makes sense because the problem all along has been the confusion that different times in select states would cause.
Today in the nation's capital, the U.S. Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act. It was a unanimous vote to make Daylight Saving Time permanent. Forever. YES!
That tweet above isn't 100 percent correct. To be clear, we'd still change our clocks on Sunday, November 6, 2022 and on Sunday, March 12, 2023. However, if the U.S. House of Representatives also says 'This is no longer necessary' and approves the bill, and it gets signed by President Biden, that's it. March 12, 2023 would be the last time any of us change our clocks. Ever.
Why not this year? US News says after "input from airlines and broadcasters that supporters agreed that the change would not take place until November 2023." This broadcaster isn't on board with that delay, but I'll take 2023 over never.
According to US News, one of the bill's supporters, Senator Marco Rubio said,
I know this is not the most important issue confronting America but it is one of those issues that there is a lot of agreement. ... If we can get this passed, we don't have to do this stupidity anymore. Pardon the pun, but this is an idea whose time has come.
The Associated Press reported last year that only 25 percent of Americans want to continue to change their clocks twice each year. If the bi-yearly time changes do come to an end in favor of Daylight Saving Time all the time, it won't be the first time it's happened.
In World War II, President Roosevelt put Americans on "War Time" (year-round Daylight Saving Time) from early February of 1942 until the end of September in 1945. In January of 1974, President Nixon put the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973 into effect. It didn't last long that time, though. Standard time returned that fall.