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 wants to cut red tape? He should start with the CFPB. Why President Trump should choose Maureen Ohlhausen to lead the FTC Trump to speak at CPAC MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco RubioSchumer: GOP will break from Trump within months GOP loses top Senate contenders How does placing sanctions on Russia help America? 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 ClintonMoulitsas: Trump’s warped sense of reality Syrian safe zones: Trump's best bet for refugee relief, regional stability Chelsea Clinton attends Muslim solidarity rally in NYC MORE's administration, suggesting North Korea foreshadows Iran's behavior if Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonFEC commissioner: 'I will not be silenced' Republicans at risk in 2018 steering clear of town halls Liberal ‘lies’ about President 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 MenendezSteve Mnuchin, foreclosure king, now runs your US Treasury Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Senators to Trump: We support additional Iran sanctions MORE (D-N.J.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamCheney to intro Pence at Jewish GOP event CEOs come to defense of border tax plan Trump’s feud with the press in the spotlight MORE (R-S.C.) with a proposal from Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerCheney to intro Pence at Jewish GOP event Angst in GOP over Trump's trade agenda GOP loses top Senate contenders 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.