Montana Attorney General Tim Fox said a cloture vote in the U.S. Senate has split Montana's two senators on the issue of an anti-human trafficking bill.

Fox told KGVO News that he encouraged both Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester to end a filibuster and pass S187,

"It'sa been a priority of my office for quite some time to put an end to human trafficking," Fox said. "Much of that is sex trafficking and that also involves trafficking of minors. It also involves labor trafficking that is a world-wide problem, and Montana is not immune to it."

The cloture vote  for the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act was taken at noon in the U.S. Senate. Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes.

"The vote that the Senate took to today on whether to close the debate on the bill was unsuccessful," Fox said. "Senator Daines voted for cloture so that we could get a vote and get this passed, while Senator Tester voted against it. I'm hoping that they can get the votes they need to move on and get this legislation passed."