President Donald Trump has officially weighed in on the idea of permanent Daylight Saving Time.
On Monday morning, the president tweeted in support of the idea. The tweet comes just one day after most Americans lost an hour of sleep due to springing clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time.
“Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!” he wrote.
Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2019
Last week, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio re-introduced a bill aimed at making Daylight Saving Time permanent across the country. The “Sunshine Protection Act” would eliminate the observation of standard time from November to March.
“If enacted, we would not ‘fall back’ in November and would enjoy a full year of DST, instead of only eight months,” the summary of the bill says.
.@realDonaldTrump @POTUS I re-filed my bill from last congress along with @SenRickScott to do just that. Hopefully we can pass it in Congress & get it to your desk soon. https://t.co/DnBQPX5uEc— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 11, 2019
Last year, the “Sunshine Protection Act” passed Florida legislature and was signed into law by then-Gov. Rick Scott. But nothing changed because, in order for the law to take effect, Congress had to pass legislation allowing Florida to be in a different time zone than the rest of the East Coast for more than half the year. That legislation did not pass.
The bill introduced by Rubio this year would eliminate changing clocks nationwide but would not alter or change time zones.
The bill also would not mandate areas that don’t currently observe Daylight Saving Time to do so. They include most of Arizona, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands.