The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to make Daylight Savings Time permanent.
In a shocking show of bipartisan unity, the Senate united to make the time changes permanent, and now the measure heads to the House of Representatives. Assuming the measure makes it through the absurdly partisan House, it will be up to President Biden to sign the bill.
For many, the Sunshine Protection Act will put an end to the biannual controversy that comes with Daylight Savings Time.
Longer days ahead
Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), who co-sponsored the bill, told the Daily Wire in an interview that “I mean, everybody wants longer days. They don’t want it to turn dark at 4:30 and the kids have to come in the house, they have to put up with them longer, the kids can’t stay out and play and practices and all that.”
Senator Tuberville issued a statement following the unanimous vote by the Senate saying “I cannot overstate how grateful I am that this bill has passed this Chamber just a few minutes ago by Unanimous Consent. It’s especially timely given that we all had to change our clocks this past weekend, and we are now experiencing longer, sunnier days. But it would be better news if longer, sunnier days were a new norm and not cause for a temporary, seasonal celebration. Which is why I hope my colleagues in the House of Representatives pass this bill quickly.”
All eyes are on the sharply divided House of Representatives where Democrats hold control, if just by a slim margin.
The question of if Republicans are willing to make peace with Democrats to pass this bill is worth asking.
Relations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) couldn’t be icier. There is a high chance that with the midterm elections around the corner, the Sunshine Protection Act may simply get lost amid the war in the House.
For now, it is worth celebrating the fact that at least the Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are able to come together for a rare moment of bipartisanship.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who was the lead Democrat sponsor of the bill said, “This would give us a chance for Americans all across the country to be rid of fall back and make Daylights Savings Time permanent and to add a little sunlight into most people’s lives.”
Other Democrats like Senator Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) were rather enthusiastic in their support of the Sunshine Protection act.
Americans eager to do away with the jarring changes of Daylight Savings Time will likely soon be able to enjoy longer days and better schedules, especially in the winter months.