As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hagel was tasked with working on an international scale. The Senator and other committee members met with foreign dignitaries in Washington, D.C. as well as overseas. One of the main parts of being a member of this committee was the expectation that the Senators travel often to locations their legislation affected. This practice, known as a Congressional Delegation, is meant to provide lawmakers with first-hand knowledge of matters relevent to the laws they are making. Often traveling with Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Hagel saw an extensive amount of the world including Asia, Russia, the Middle East, and Northern Africa. Hagel traveled to these areas frequently because of his membership on the Foreign Relations subcommittees that focused on those regions.