The US Senate unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that would make daylight saving time permanent across the country next year.
The bipartisan proposal, called the Sunlight Protection Act, would ensure that Americans would not have to change their clocks twice a year. However, the measure still requires the approval of the House of Representatives and the signature of President Joe Biden to become law.
“No more clock changes, more daylight hours to be outside after school and work, and more smiles, that’s what we get with permanent daylight savings time,” said Senator Ed Markey, the original co-sponsor of the proposal, in a statement.
Markey was joined by senators from both parties as he laid out the reasons why making daylight saving time permanent would have positive effects on the public’s health and economy and even reduce energy consumption.
“Changing the time twice a year is outdated and unnecessary,” said Sen. Rick Scott.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Americans want more sunshine and less depression; the people of this country, from Seattle to Miami” want the proposal to be implemented, added Senator Patty Murray.
About a dozen states across the country have already normalized daylight saving time.