Hagel and Reed Announce Iraq/Afghanistan Trip With Obama

Sens. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and Jack Reed's (D-R.I.) offices announced Sunday that the two senators will accompany Barack Obama on a trip to Afghanistan and Iraq this summer.

While in Iraq, they'll look at whether the U.S. troop surge has led to "the progress necessary to resolve Iraq's political differences, provide basic services to the Iraqi people, and create long-term stability," according to a press release.

In Afghanistan, the senators will "assess the U.S.-led efforts to combat the Taliban and expand security in light of the recent rise in violence, while also assessing the political and economic situation."

Both Hagel and Reed stressed the bipartisan nature of the trip in statements.

"U.S. policies in Iraq and Afghanistan are at the center of America