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President Trump tweets support of permanent daylight saving time

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is expected to reintroduce a bill that would make daylight saving time permanent for the entire country.
Credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh
President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday morning tweeted his support for permanent daylight saving time

It comes a day after most of the country set their clocks forward one hour.

"Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!" Trump tweeted.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is expected to reintroduce the Sunshine Protection Act, which would make daylight saving time permanent for the entire country.

Rubio tweeted Monday, saying, "I re-filed my bill from last congress along with @SenRickScott to do just that. Hopefully we can pass it in Congress & get it to your desk soon."

Sen. Rick Scott also agreed with the president, tweeting his support of the measure.

The bill was originally filed on March 12, 2018, but it didn't advance. Scott, who was serving as Florida's governor at the time, had just signed a bill into law to have the Sunshine State stay on daylight saving time year-round earlier that week. Congress still hasn't approved the measure.

Supporters of permanent daylight saving time say that increased sunlight in the evening hours would prevent car crashes, decrease crime and save energy. However, the proposed law would mean that for some winter months, the sun wouldn't rise until after 8 a.m., potentially endangering young students.

Currently, states are able to opt out of daylight saving time permanently. Arizona and Hawaii stay in standard time year round. 

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