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July 22, 2005
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Members of the U.S. Congress negotiating the final version of an energy bill agreed to halve a proposal to expand daylight-savings time, addressing an issue that had concerned Orthodox Jews. Negotiators from the Senate and House of Representatives met Thursday to finalize the 2005 Energy Policy bill. Negotiators had considered expanding daylight savings time by two months, so that it would run from March to November instead of April to October. Orthodox and Conservative Jews argued against the change, saying it would make it difficult for Jews who attend morning services to reach work on time. Under the compromise, daylight-savings time would begin three weeks earlier in the spring and last a week longer in the fall.

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