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It’s up to Congress, however, to do something about it.

State-level opposition to Daylight Saving Time has been growing. This year, 32 states proposed bills to ban the time-changing practice, and the measures passed in eight states, including Florida, Maine, and Oregon. 

The onus is now on Congress to approve those bills to make Daylight Saving Time permanent for those states, or to redraw federal law and stop time changes across the board. But the Department of Transportation holds that DST’s extra hour of sunlight saves energy, reduces traffic accidents, and helps prevent crime. 

Other research has shown it also increases injuries for groggy laborers. President Trump has voiced support for the #ditchtheswitch movement, but lawmakers haven’t prioritized approving a federal amendment.    

One proponent who has come out strongly against “springing forward” is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who tweeted on Saturday night: “Tonight the federal government will force us to move the clock forward one hour. There is no legitimate reason to keep doing this.”

He has also proposed legislation in Congress that would make daylight saving time “the new, permanent standard time.”