While the Senate unanimously passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent in the United States by fall 2023, it’s unclear how quickly the House of Representatives will adopt the bill.
The measure, sponsored by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, would take effect in November 2023, meaning Americans would advance their watches in March of this year and not have to adjust the time thereafter.
While the measure was passed by vote in the Senate, it is currently unknown what the fate of the legislation will be in the House of Representatives, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi said other issues are more prominent, including passing aid to Ukraine after Russia’s invasion of the country.
“I myself support permanent summer time,” said the spokesman. “I think that won’t be a big problem for us. But we need to socialize it in our caucus and our congress, not just the caucus.”
According to The Hill, Pelosi cited other work on the situation in Ukraine, which may take precedence over any move to make daylight saving time permanent.
The publication also reported that House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said lawmakers were “focused on Ukraine” and that “other things were more paramount” when asked about the bill.
The measure has been received by the House of Representatives, but according to the Legislature’s calendar, no vote or debate is scheduled at this time.
It’s also unclear what the Biden administration’s stance on the matter is. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the law during her briefing after the vote, and she said the administration had not formulated its position.
“I’ve seen those reports,” she said. “I have no specific position from the administration at this time.”
Daylight Saving Time was introduced as a national standard in the 1960s when Congress passed the Uniform Time Act. Several changes were made to this plan, including an experiment in which daylight saving time was maintained year-round in the 1970s, but Americans have been making their clocks back and forth for more than 55 years now.
The only two states to opt out of daylight saving time entirely, Arizona and Hawaii, do not have to join the rest of the United States to adopt year-round daylight saving time.
Numerous states have passed laws stating that if Congress permits, they would observe daylight saving time year-round. Under the terms of the Uniform Time Act, states can opt out of advancing clocks annually, but not reverting to standard time without federal permission.