US Senator: ‘Lock the Clock’

( – In a recent development concerning the shift to daylight saving, U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) reiterated his call to stop the clock adjustment, particularly as the majority of the U.S. transitioned to daylight saving over the weekend.

Lankford, who co-sponsored the Sunshine Protection Act with Florida Senator Marco Rubio, emphasized the need to make daylight saving time the permanent standard in the U.S.

The Senate passed the act in 2022, which aimed to eliminate the practice of changing clocks biannually. In turn, Rubio renewed his support for the bill last week, referring to the current system as a “stupid practice.”

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union”, Lankford expressed his desire to sustain the conversation in Congress to secure the passage of the bill.

“My issue is, lock the clock. Let’s not have the back-and-forth on this. This has come up so many times with folks that are moms, that their little kids don’t make that shift. Whether you’re in agriculture, it’s hard to be able to make that shift,” he said.

Lankford drew attention to Arizona, where most residents did not have to reset their clocks. He advocated for “locking the clock” and highlighted the historical origins of daylight-saving time which traced it back to World War I’s lamp oil conservation efforts.

Additionally he urged embracing the change and emphasized that Arizona has successfully implemented a consistent time system for years without disrupting daily life.

“… Today, in Arizona, they’re not waking up to a messed-up clock,” Lankford remarked.

Daylight saving time began across the United States on March 10, at 2 a.m. local time. Although every state typically adjusts its clocks twice a year between standard time and daylight saving states like Hawaii and most of Arizona were the exception one more time.

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