Daylight Saving Time Will Begin Soon, But Why?
Regardless of how we feel about it, America will soon set our clocks once again as we spring forward and begin Daylight Saving Time.
Daylight Saving Time is set to run again from 2:00 am on Sunday, March 12, 2023 until 2:00 am on Sunday, November 5.
Though too late to debate the merits of this antiquated idea of time manipulation to make any difference for this year, most people are asking the same question; "Why are we doing this? Didn't Congress vote to stop it?"
That answer is a little convoluted. Yes, in the Spring of 2022, the United States Senate unanimously voted to pass a Senate bill called the Sunshine Protection Act.
That legislation would have made this year's time change on March 12 the last time we would ever have to set our clocks forward. Essentially, once the clocks were set, we would remain on Daylight Saving Time permanently.
It Passed Unanimously By The Senate; But What Happened In The House?
However, the House of Representatives, who did hold a hearing regarding the Act, never actually voted on it, so it's just out there, looming in the darkness of the "No Way We Can Find A Way To Pad Our Pockets With This So It's Not Worth Our Time" political black hole.
Even if the House were to pass the resolution, the White House has refused to release a statement on their position, so the effort could be vetoed should President Biden actually enjoy making the twice yearly clock changes.
Nearly Two-Thirds Of Americans Want To Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent
If he does, he's certainly one of a very slim minority, as only 35% of all Americans surveyed think it's a good idea to keep resetting clocks every Spring and Fall.
We do know that Louisiana did get proactive with the possibility and passed a bill that would make it legal to stop the time changes on a state level if the legislation passed on a Federal level.
It's got to be one of the first times our state has actually outrun the Feds, but I was happy to see them act accordingly, even if it appears it was for naught.
With that sobering thought in mind, just prepare yourself to make the changes again this year; at least until the spring of 2024.