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Congress can’t even decide what time it is



Congress has a unique ability to make the simplest of things unnecessarily difficult. Take, for example, the issue of daylight saving time. In just about five weeks, daylight saving time will begin, giving us an extra hour of sunlight in the evening. There has been talk for years of making daylight saving time permanent, rather than forcing us to change our clocks twice each year. Three separate bills were introduced in Congress in 2023, including one called The Sunshine Protection Act, which would adopt daylight saving time year round. Another would allow states to keep daylight saving time. While the bills were written and properly introduced, they were sent to committee, where they have been languishing since March. There is no schedule for the bills to be debated or given a public hearing, so they won’t become law anytime soon, certainly not before March 10 when daylight saving begins. It looks like we will be springing ahead yet again. Most people favor adopting daylight saving year round, and this effort has bipartisan support. They should finally put the bill up for a vote. This is hardly the most important issue facing Congress, but it shouldn’t take this long for them to decide what time it is.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Kent Porter

    January 30, 2024 at 1:29 pm


  2. Walden

    January 30, 2024 at 9:06 pm

    Due to Biden’s ineptitude the U.S. is in several conflicts around the globe any of which could result in nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, we are being invaded from the south and my paycheck is worth 20% less than when Biden was inaugurated.

    Don’t care about time zones or other “luxury worries.”

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