There is a rumor that on Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m., when all the clocks in the country are moved forward an hour, that will be the last time Americans will have to participate in this confusing twice-a-year time change.

That rumor is incorrect.  There is currently no end in sight to having the entire country confused for a week or more about exactly what time it is.

My best friend Nelly is one of the few that has it all figured out.  She insists on being fed promptly at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and doesn’t give a hoot about what time her Apple Watch says it is.  There is a reason some say dogs are smarter than people.

The reason for the rumor appears to be that in March 2022, the US Senate voted unanimously in favor of Sen. Marco Rubio’s bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent.

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi never let the bill get to the floor of the House for a vote, where it would have almost certainly passed.

It appears that Rubio made a political error.  If he had gotten one of his Democratic colleagues to sponsor the bill, Pelosi would have been much more inclined to have the House pass it.

As it stands, since a bill being passed by one house of Congress has no effect, we are still on the Daylight Saving Time-Standard Time roller coaster.

Rubio has reintroduced his bill in the 2023 session, and he said, “This ritual of changing time twice a year is stupid. Locking the clock has overwhelming bipartisan and popular support. In this Congress, I hope that we can finally get this done.”

Rubio’s bill is named “The Sunshine Protection Act,” which to borrow a word from Rubio is just about as stupid as Daylight Saving Time.  Sunshine is not protected by his act and no daylight is saved by adjusting all the clocks in the country.

It appears that Rubio won’t have any trouble getting his bill through the Senate again, and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy should be a little more amenable to a bill sponsored by a fellow Republican than Pelosi was.

So it is possible that if Congress can get its act together this could be the last time clocks get moved forward or back, but then again a lot of money has been lost betting on “sure things” in Congress.

If Congress doesn’t act then you might want to mark your calendar because on Sunday, Nov. 5 you’ll be expected to turn your clock back an hour.