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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration 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 ClintonGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Lawmakers, pick up the ball on health care and reform Medicaid The art of the small deal MORE's administration, suggesting North Korea foreshadows Iran's behavior if Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain 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 (Bob) MenendezOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Poll finds little support for Menendez reelection Judge tells Menendez lawyer to 'shut up' MORE (D-N.J.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-S.C.) with a proposal from Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerGOP senator calls on China, 20 other countries to cut ties with North Korea Week ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny It is time to make domestic terrorism a federal crime 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.