FRANKFORT, Ky. — Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has pledged her support for a move in the U.S. Senate to make tax credits permanent for businesses that hire military veterans.

It's an issue on which Grimes and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell agree.

Grimes said in a statement Thursday that the tax credits, which are set to expire at the end of the year, are beneficial to Kentucky's 350,000 veterans, some 12,000 of whom, she said, are dealing with unemployment.

Grimes, who is seeking her party's nomination to run against McConnell, said the VOW To Hire Heroes Act, which was initially approved by Congress in 2011, will "ease our heroes' transition to civilian life."

McConnell spokesman Robert Steurer said Thursday that McConnell wants to keep the tax credits in place, too.