PUT THE PEDAL TO THE METAL

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States' rights fever in Congress may soon claim the national speed limit, which legislators set 20 years ago as an energy conservation and safety measure. The Senate today voted 65-35 to repeal the 55 mph limit (65 mph on rural interstates) for cars, in an amendment to a federal highway bill that would let states set their own speed limits. The House has not yet taken up the measure.Safety advocates barely prevailed(51-49) in a push to keep the national limit for trucks. Also under consideration: eliminating federal seat belt and motorcycle helmet laws.