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Time is running out the Senate plan that permanent daylight saving time becomes the law of the land.
The Senate stunned everyone in March when members unanimously accepted a bill to move the nation forward one hour for the entire year.
“No objection, so ordered!” said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., trying to suppress a smile as she presided over a stunning vote to end the two-year time change.
Sinema then sounded like Marv Albert after Bernard King drained a triple at Madison Square Garden.
“Yes!!!” Sinema exclaimed from the senate podium, pulling her forearms toward her and clenching her fists in victory.
“I think everybody was a little bit surprised that nobody came down to object because everybody was aware of it,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who wrote the bill. “I think there is growing support for the idea that this back-and-forth doesn’t make sense.”
Americans are turning their clocks back this weekend for the first time since the Senate passed the Daylight Savings Time bill eight months ago. But the House of Representatives is not convinced that perpetual daylight saving time is an idea whose time has come. Dom did not touch the account. The Senate bill will expire if the House does not agree before the end of this Congress: 11:59:59 ET on January 3, 2023.
For the Senate legislation, you can almost see the grains of sand slide down the neck of the hourglass – until they’re all gone.
Still, this is the closest Congress has come to implementing permanent daylight savings time in the US in decades. President Richard Nixon moved the US clock forward two years during the OPEC oil embargo in the 1970s. And when one body of Congress approves a piece of legislation, it often creates the potential for passage in the other chamber.
So Standard Time may be running on borrowed time.
Congress may not pass full-time daylight savings legislation before the end of the 117th Congress. In fact, it may take several years. But this issue is maturing.
“Why do we keep doing this back and forth?” Rubio grumbled. “Maybe there’s a good reason. But I don’t think there is, to be honest.”
So why is Congress even involved in timing?
Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress control over time, through a provision to “fix standards of weights and measures.”
Since then, lawmakers have changed the weather. In fact, Ben Franklin was the first to suggest changing the clocks seasonally to better align with the sun. Franklin suggested that this practice would preserve the candles. Believe it or not, Congress has successfully overridden a presidential veto only 112 times in the history of the republic. One of them was the dispute between Congress and President Woodrow Wilson over changing the clocks after the First World War.
Lawmakers last broke down in 2004. Congress passed a major energy policy bill. Buried in the law was a provision that reduced the period the US spent on standard time from roughly six months to just four months. That’s why now in March we “fly forward”, and in November we “return”. The weather only changes to take place in April and October, respectively.
Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., drafted language to change the time.
“Halloween is the number one day of death for your kids,” Upton said.
He noted that the time change sometimes falls in October when various communities hold “Beggar’s Night,” a week or two before Halloween.
“So you had one less hour of sunlight and you have little kids running between cars in the neighborhood,” Upton said. “We have an extra hour and that can be shown to actually reduce crime because most of the crime is at night at dusk.”
But sleep experts don’t sell themselves about the change of time.
dr. Beth Malow of the sleep disorders division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center says choosing one time or the other would be better overall. But Malow doesn’t like the permanent switch to daylight saving time.
“We’re off cycle for an hour almost eight months out of the year,” Malow said. “We change our clocks. But we don’t change the light.”
There are also questions about the economic effects of changing the clock twice a year. The general thesis is that setting the clocks for summer “gave” people more daylight.
“Ninety-nine percent of your population is awake and moving around at that time of day, and they can use the sun to help them,” said Washington University law professor Steve Calandrillo. “Trade and most economic and business interests favor uniform, permanent daylight savings time because they understand that more and more people are awake and want to get out, have fun, and engage in early evening activities. That’s when we live our lives. “
But it is debatable whether time shifting is really profitable.
“The Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 saw negative returns on Monday after both timeouts,” Calandrillo said. “You pick any random calendar day throughout history, it’s a positive expected value. And yet, the expected value is negative on Mondays after both clock changes. It’s going to show that people hate it when you mess up their sleep cycle. They’re in a bad mood and that affects the stock market.”
Some have questioned whether it might be better to rely on local time standards rather than a sweeping, national mandate from Congress. For example, St. Paul, Minn., and Minneapolis worked different hours. The Mississippi River carved a temporary border between the Twin Cities.
“Geography probably plays a bigger role than politics,” says Malow. “This is a nonpartisan issue because it’s really about where you live.”
That’s why residents in the north or extremes of the time zones worry about a change that would make it dark too soon – or light too late.
“It can be really disruptive for us,” Malow said. “They feel out of cycle. Out of cycle. And they just want to get it over with.”
There’s only a limited amount of light and dark you can go around, regardless of the season or where you live.
If Congress doesn’t change time change, we’re stuck with time change.
As they say, time waits for no man. The smallest of them is the US Congress.
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