Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) On Tuesday, along with seven other senators, he renewed his push to make daylight savings time permanent.
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“The call to end the antiquated practice of changing the clock is gaining momentum across the country,” Rubio said, according to a press release. “Studies have shown many benefits of daylight saving time throughout the year, which is why the Florida Legislature voted to make it permanent in 2018. I am proud to re-introduce this bipartisan bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent (DST ) and give our nation’s families more stability throughout the year. “
For Florida law to make daylight saving time permanent in the state, a change in federal statute is required. Other states have also passed similar legislation regarding daylight saving time, but federal law currently only allows states to choose not to participate in daylight savings time rather than choosing to do so permanently.
Rubio, along with the other senators, argued that making DST permanent would have other benefits for the country and the economy, such as reducing the risk of seasonal depression, benefiting the agricultural economy, and reducing energy use.
“The Sun Protection Act takes a common sense step to provide much-needed stability for families in Oregon and across the country,” Wyden said in the news release. “Going back and forth year after year only creates unnecessary confusion while damaging the health of Americans and our economy. Making daylight saving time permanent would give people back an hour of sunshine during the winter months, when we need it most. “
Rubio has previously pushed for legislation to keep the US in daylight savings time. Previous President TrumpManhattan prosecutors step up probe into Trump’s estate in New York: Report Republican leaders reiterate commitment to work with Trump amid exchange of views Top Republicans seek to quell concerns over Trump funding demands MORE supported the idea in 2019.