Senate agrees sun should rise on Marco Rubio’s permanent daylight saving time bill
Marco Rubio.

Florida's Senator has made the proposal every year since 2018.

The sun has risen, at last, on Sen. Marco Rubio’s bright idea to make daylight saving time permanent — at least in the Senate.

For the first time since Rubio proposed ending the nation’s fall-back, spring-forward pattern in 2018, the proposal won unanimous approval from the Senate chamber Tuesday by voice vote.

“This is an idea whose time has come,” Rubio said on the Senate floor, according to his office.

As has been his pattern in previous years, Rubio recorded a video message pushing the idea just before the nation lost an hour of sleep Sunday to “spring forward” into evenings with more daylight.

“Switching in and out of daylight savings time is outdated, and is only a source of annoyance and confusion,” he said in the video message.

Even though cell phones and digital clocks have mostly negated the need to move the time forward manually.

On the Senate floor, Rubio made his case, according to a release from his office.

“We don’t have to keep doing this stupidity anymore,” he said. “Why we would enshrine this in our laws and keep it for so long is beyond me.”

Rubio made his request as the Senate reconvened after lunch. And Politico reports that Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, presiding over the Senate, appeared to exclaim, “Oh, I love it.”

Ironically enough, Sinema’s state, which does not observe the time change custom, would be one of those that Rubio’s Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 would not affect.

If the House agrees, and President Joe Biden signs off on it, the clocks would be locked in place starting in 2023.

Rubio attributed the sudden success of his idea to good timing, anyway.

“No one was going to object,” Rubio said, according to his office. “You’ve got to find the right moment to hit the hole.”

Florida in 2018 passed legislation that would make springing forward permanent, but it would have to be adopted by federal statute to actually go into practice.

Nineteen other states — Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming — have passed similar laws, resolutions or voter initiatives, according to Rubio’s office.

But having daylight saving time become permanent might not be so popular in practice.

It became a permanent thing in 1973 in a bid to reduce energy use because of an oil embargo and repealed a year later, Reuters reports.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • tom palmer

    March 15, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    So much energy exerted on such a small issue. I like Arizona’s position, which was not to change to DST in the first place.Their position was in a desert state who wants more hours with the sun bearing down on you anyway. As climate change advances, ,you wonder how big the desert will be in the future.

  • PeterH

    March 18, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    Hey Marco……where is Congress’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill?

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