Politics

White House stalled on measure to permanently enact daylight saving time

A measure passed by Congress earlier this year to make daylight saving time permanent instead of switching clocks back and forth twice a year has stalled in the White House, according to officials, as more “pressing” matters take precedence.

“I can’t say it’s a priority,” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said to The Hill. “We have so many other priorities, but it doesn’t mean because it’s not a priority that we’re not trying to work on it. We are,” he said, adding later, “If we can accomplish anything, it wouldn’t be until the fall.”

The move to end the back-and-forth between daylight saving and standard time would require the country to experience darkness until later in the morning for a few months out of the year. From November through February, the sun would rise much later than normal and set later.

The Senate unanimously passed the Sunshine Protection Act in March, which would effectively end daylight saving time, but the House has turned out to be a roadblock in finalizing the legislation.

“We continue to try to come up with a consensus but so far, it’s eluded us,” Pallone said. “The problem is that a lot of people say to me … we shouldn’t switch back and forth, we should just have standard or daylight saving,’ but then they disagree over which one to enact. And so that’s the problem. We need a consensus that if we’re gonna have one time, what is it? And I haven’t been able to get a consensus on that.”

The Sunshine Protection Act is not slated to go into effect until November 5, 2023.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE HILL

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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