Hagel and Reed Announce Iraq/Afghanistan Trip With Obama

Sens. Chuck HagelChuck HagelCreating a future for vets in DC Republicans back Clinton, but will she put them in Pentagon? There's still time for another third-party option MORE (R-Neb.) and Jack ReedJack ReedOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Senate Dems call for investigation into Wells Fargo's wage practices Week ahead: Negotiators near deal on defense bill MORE's (D-R.I.) offices announced Sunday that the two senators will accompany Barack ObamaBarack ObamaSetting the record straight on Crimea Buzz builds on Becerra’s future plans Green Party nominee escorted off debate premises MORE 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