Senate Votes to Make Daylight Saving Permanent; House Must Still Pass Bill

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023, ending the twice-annual changing of clocks.

The House of Representatives must still pass the bill before it can go to President Joe Biden to sign.

A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to say if she supports the measure but said she was reviewing it closely. The White House has not said whether Biden supports it.

The National Association of Convenience Stores opposes the change, telling Congress this month “we should not have kids going to school in the dark.”

Senator Marco Rubio was one of the bill’s sponsors.

The measure that the Senate approved unanimously by voice vote is called the Sunshine Protection Act. If passed by the House in its current form, the change would not take place until November 2023.

On Sunday, most of the United States resumed daylight saving time, moving ahead one hour. The United States will resume standard time in November.

Arizona, which is on mountain standard time all year, used to observe daylight saving time. Arizona went along with DST when it was implemented in 1918, but ditched the “spring forward, fall back” for good in 1968.