Proposed bill aims to let states stay on daylight saving time all year


WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — Daylight saving time ends on Sunday — meaning you are going to have to turn your clocks back one hour. If you dislike it, you are not alone — so do some members of Congress.

“I refuse to change any of my clocks. It’s too big a hassle,” said Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah. “So I have learned either I’m going to be an hour ahead or on time, depending on which six months of the year it happens to be.”

Bishop is pushing legislation that would allow states to stay on daylight saving time if they want.

“If having an extra hour of daylight tacked on to the end of the day was a good thing to do in the summer. It’s equally as good — as important — as having it in the winter as well,” Bishop said.

Congressman Bishop says staying on daylight saving time could reduce traffic accidents, lower energy use and help Americans avoid sleep loss. 

Congressman Jared Huffman, D-California, says it’s too late to stop this Sunday’s time change — but he hopes the idea still gets traction this year. 

“I’m hoping we can do it. And maybe 2020 is the year to do it,” Huffman said. “Because perhaps the one thing we can all agree on, is none of us want to have any more of 2020 than we need to — even one more hour of 2020 is too much.

More than a dozen states have passed laws to stay on daylight saving time — but they need approval from Congress first.

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