Rubio, Cruz to leave campaign trail for Senate vote

The Senate's 2016 presidential candidates are taking a brief break from the campaign trail to vote on new North Korea sanctions.  

Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco RubioGOP senator floats eliminating the corporate income tax The Hill's 12:30 Report Rubio to vote for Tillerson MORE (R-Fla.) will return to Washington on Wednesday, their campaigns said separately Tuesday evening. The move comes a day after the New Hampshire primary and after the two senators have spent most of the past week campaigning in the state. 
 
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The Senate is scheduled to take up and vote on new legislation cracking down on North Korea after the country claimed it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. Unless lawmakers yield back debate time, the vote is expected around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
 
The legislation — which is expected to overwhelmingly pass — would require the Obama administration to sanction anyone involved with North Korea's nuclear weapons program, arms-related materials, luxury goods, human rights abuses, activities that negatively impact cybersecurity and the use of coal or metals in any of the activities.

Penalties would include freezing assets under U.S. jurisdiction, banning individuals from traveling to the United States or blocking government contracts.

Cruz has repeatedly tied North Korea's test earlier this year to the foreign policy of former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonAttacks on transparency take many forms Chelsea Clinton: Let Barron Trump be a kid Clinton: Photos from women’s march ‘awe-inspiring’ MORE's administration, suggesting North Korea foreshadows Iran's behavior if Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump signs executive actions on TPP, abortion, federal hiring freeze 'West Wing' star: Trump will 'do anything to delegitimize the press' Former Clinton spokesman: Virginia elections will begin resistance to Trump MORE wins the White House. 

The  Senate legislation previously passed by a voice vote out of the Bob Relations Committee after lawmakers merged legislation from Sens. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezCarson likely to roll back housing equality rule Live coverage: Tillerson's hearing for State Booker to join Foreign Relations Committee MORE (D-N.J.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamRubio to vote for Tillerson Top Dem comes out against Tillerson ahead of key vote Schumer, Cardin to introduce legislation on Russia sanctions MORE (R-S.C.) with a proposal from Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerTrump applauds congressional allies as he kicks off inaugural festivities Overnight Tech: Tech listens for clues at Sessions hearing | EU weighs expanding privacy rule | Senators blast Backpage execs Overnight Tech: Trump meets Alibaba founder | Uber to make some data public | GOP Lawmakers tapped for key tech panels MORE (R-Colo.).  

Neither senator is expected to be in Washington long, with Rubio and Cruz both scheduled to campaign in South Carolina, the next state to holds its primary, on Thursday.