President Trump is apparently sick and tired of switching his clock back and forth for Daylight Saving Time just like every other American who has experienced the soul draining loss of an hour of sleep near the end of every winter.
Just how tired of this is the president? Tired enough that he’d support making Daylight Saving Time permanent, bringing the clock changing to a much sought after end.
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Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2019
The president’s tweet came at the start of 2019’s Daylight Saving Time, which begins each year on the second Sunday in March, starting at 2 a.m. Changing the clocks forward means everyone loses an hour of sleep but gains an hour of evening daylight through the fall, when the clocks are turned back.
The law was first established during World War I as “a way of conserving fuel needed for war industries and of extending the working day,” according to the Library of Congress. But it was only temporary – the law was repealed as soon as the war was over.
But the issue of daylight saving emerged again during World War II. On Jan. 20, 1942, Congress re-established daylight saving time.
More than 20 years later, in 1966, former President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Uniform Time Act, declaring daylight saving time a policy of the U.S. and establishing uniform start and end times within standard time zones. The policy is regulated by the Department of Transportation.
But not all states participate. Hawaii, most of Arizona and several U.S. territories—including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands—do not observe daylight saving time.
The president would need to work with Congress in order to repeal the 1966 Johnson-era law. Republican Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott filed a bill last week to extend daylight saving time for the entire year, called the Sunshine Protection Act. The Florida legislature voted last year to adopt the measure, but in order for it to take effect, Congress must change the federal law, and Trump must sign it.
The president’s tweet seems to indicate that if a proposal that would make DST permanent should come across his desk he would sign off on it.
For the love of all that’s right and good in this world, let’s make this happen. Like yesterday.
There’s nothing worse than waking up the day after DST and feeling like an extra on “The Walking Dead.” This is torture and it must be brought to an end.
Make it so, Mr. President!
Source: Fox News