U.S. Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent

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WASHINGTON, March 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023,

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 ending the twice-annual changing of clocks in a move promoted by supporters advocating brighter afternoons and more economic activity.

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The Senate approved the measure, called the Sunshine Protection Act, unanimously by voice vote. The House of Representatives, which has held a committee hearing on the matter, must still pass the bill before it can go to President Joe Biden to sign.

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The White House has not said whether Biden supports it. A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to say if she supports the measure but said she was reviewing it closely.

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Senator Marco Rubio, one of the bill's sponsors, said supporters agreed the change 

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would not take place until November 2023 after input from airlines and broadcasters.

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The change would help enable children to play outdoors later and reduce seasonal depression, according to supporters.

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