US Senate votes to kill Republican request for talks to end shutdown

Visitors walk past a stop sign on the Senate side of the US Capitol in Washington on Oct 1, 2013. As expected, the United States Senate on Tuesday voted to kill Republicans' latest attempts to modify an emergency government funding Bill, just ho
Visitors walk past a stop sign on the Senate side of the US Capitol in Washington on Oct 1, 2013. As expected, the United States Senate on Tuesday voted to kill Republicans' latest attempts to modify an emergency government funding Bill, just hours after federal agencies, national parks and programs began shutting down. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As expected, the United States Senate on Tuesday voted to kill Republicans' latest attempts to modify an emergency government funding Bill, just hours after federal agencies, national parks and programs began shutting down.

The Senate voted 54-46 to table the request from the House of Representatives to start formal negotiations to end the impasse and make changes to President Barack Obama's health-care law, including a year's delay to a requirement that individuals acquire health insurance.