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 CruzOvernight Cybersecurity: House to offer bill on government hacking powers Overnight Tech: Rubio, Cruz take up internet domain fight Limbaugh avoids endorsing Trump MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco RubioNew Mexico GOP gov. won’t attend home-state Trump rally Rubio: 'It’s not that we lost, it’s that Donald Trump won’ Santorum endorses Trump after 'long heart-to-heart' 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 ClintonVa. governor: I’m ‘baffled’ by federal probe Trump surrogate: ‘Even Bill Clinton chose other women’ over Hillary The Trail 2016: Digging up dirt MORE's administration, suggesting North Korea foreshadows Iran's behavior if Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonVa. governor: I’m ‘baffled’ by federal probe Menendez opposing Puerto Rico debt bill Trump: I’ll take ‘close to 40 percent’ of Sanders fans 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 MenendezDems pressure Obama on vow to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees Lobbying World This week: GOP lawmakers reckon with Trump MORE (D-N.J.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamRomney should endorse Clinton Graham: I'm still not supporting Trump North Korean official calls Trump idea of meeting 'nonsense' MORE (R-S.C.) with a proposal from Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerOvernight Defense: VA chief 'deeply' regrets Disney remark; Senate fight brews over Gitmo Senate GOP gears up for fight over Gitmo transfers GOP seeks to remove funding to design Gitmo alternative 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.

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