Rubio and bipartisan group of senators push to make daylight saving time permanent

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Tuesday, along with seven other senators, renewed his push to make daylight saving time permanent.

Rubio and Sens. Rick Scott (Fla.), James LankfordJames Paul LankfordTop border officials defend Biden policies Rubio and bipartisan group of senators push to make daylight saving time permanent Senate inches toward COVID-19 vote after marathon session MORE (R-Okla.), Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntMissouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race On The Money: Biden, Senate GOP take step toward infrastructure deal as other plans hit speed bumps Senate GOP to give Biden infrastructure counteroffer next week MORE (R-Mo.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseHelping students make informed decisions on college Lawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats Judge's decision on Barr memo puts spotlight on secretive DOJ office MORE (D-R.I.), Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenators shed masks after CDC lifts mandate Texas to cut off 0 weekly emergency unemployment benefit IRS to start monthly payments of child tax credit July 15 MORE (D-Ore.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyRon Johnson calls cyber attacks an 'existential' threat following Colonial Pipeline shutdown Senators ask airlines to offer cash refunds for unused flight credits Civilian Climate Corps can help stem rural-urban divide MORE (D-Mass.) reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021, which would "make daylight saving time permanent" and repeal the temporary eight-month period for daylight saving time for all states that currently participate.

“The call to end the antiquated practice of clock changing is gaining momentum throughout the nation,” Rubio said, according to a press release. “Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is why the Florida legislature voted to make it permanent in 2018. I’m proud to reintroduce this bipartisan bill to make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent, and give our nation’s families more stability throughout the year.”


In order for Florida's legislation to make DST permanent in the state, a change in federal statute is required. Other states have also passed similar legislation regarding DST, but federal law currently only allows states to opt out of daylight saving time rather than opting into it permanently. 

Rubio, along with the other senators, argued that making DST permanent would have other benefits to the country and the economy, including reducing risk for seasonal depression, benefiting the agricultural economy and reducing energy usage.

“The Sunshine Protection Act takes a common-sense step to provide some much-needed stability for families in Oregon and across the nation,” Wyden said in the press release. “Springing forward and falling back year after year only creates unnecessary confusion while harming Americans’ health and our economy. Making Daylight Saving permanent would give folks an hour back of sunshine during the winter months when we need it most.”

Rubio has previously pushed for legislation that would keep the U.S. on DST. Former President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE endorsed the idea in 2019.