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 CruzLewandowski: Top Cruz aide advised Trump team before NH primary Five reasons why Donald Trump could be the 'Greatest Communicator' Victims of Nazi Art theft need Congress to HEAR MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco RubioThe ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Graham to roll out extension of Obama immigration program Trump and Cuba: A murky future 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 ClintonArk. lawmaker wants Clintons' names removed from Little Rock airport Conway eyes top spot in Trump's outside political operation 'Tis the season for executive overreach MORE's administration, suggesting North Korea foreshadows Iran's behavior if Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDemocrats miss warning signs, even in blue Maryland Robert Gates doesn't expect job in Trump administration Dean drops out of DNC chairmanship race 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 MenendezThe right person for State Department is Rudy Giuliani Warren, Menendez question shakeup at Wells Fargo Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal MORE (D-N.J.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamPentagon should have a civilian chief to give peace a chance Lawmakers eye early exit from Washington Senate passes college anti-Semitism bill MORE (R-S.C.) with a proposal from Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerGardner's chief of staff tapped for Senate GOP campaign director McConnell reelected Senate majority leader Pro-pot advocates score huge victories 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.