While the Senate unanimously passed legislation that would make DST permanent in the United States by fall 2023, it’s unclear how quickly the House of Representatives will pass the bill.
The measure, sponsored by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, would take effect in November 2023, meaning Americans would advance their clocks to March of that year, and not have to adjust the time afterwards.
Although the measure passed by voice vote in the Senate, it is unclear at this time what the fate of the legislation will be in the House, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi said other things are more on the mind, including the adoption of aid to Ukraine after the invasion of Russia. from the country.
“I myself support the permanence of daylight saving time,” the president said. “I think it won’t be a problem for us. But we need to socialize it in our caucus and our Congress, not just in the caucus.
According to The Hill, Pelosi cited other work on the situation in Ukraine as potentially taking precedence over any decision to make DST permanent.
The publication also reported that House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said lawmakers are ‘focused on Ukraine’ and ‘other things came to the fore more’ when asked. on the bill.
The measure has been received by the House, but no vote or debate is scheduled at this time, according to the legislature’s schedule.
It’s also unclear what the Biden administration’s position is on the matter. White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the bill during her post-vote briefing, and she said the administration had not stated its position.
“I’ve seen these reports,” she said. “I don’t have a specific position from the administration at this time.”
Daylight saving time was established as the national standard in the 1960s when Congress passed the Uniform Time Act. Several changes were made to this plan, including an experiment that kept DST in place year-round during the 1970s, but Americans have been moving their clocks back and forth for more than 55 years.
The only two states to completely opt out of DST, Arizona and Hawaii, will not be required to join the rest of the United States in adopting DST year-round.
Many states have passed laws stating that they would observe daylight saving time year-round if allowed by Congress. Under the provisions of the Uniform Time Act, states can opt out of the annual clock advance, but cannot opt out of the return to standard time without federal permission.