Reps. Keith Ellison and Raúl M. Grijalva, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), today released the following statement after President Obama announced a set of new initiatives to put our veterans back to work:

“Twelve percent nationwide unemployment for our returning heroes is a national outrage. With hundreds of thousands of our veterans returning from foreign battlefields to face a tough economy at home, we must ensure that they get the support they have earned. We applaud President Obama for his leadership in putting our veterans back to work. A cutting edge Veterans Job Bank andaGold Card for enhanced services for our veterans are the kindsof proposals that all Americans can get behind.We owethe men and women who serve our country, and the families that sacrifice to support them, our thanks and dedication as they transition back to civilian life.

We call on Republicans in Congress to stop playing politics and to join with Democrats and President Obama to pass legislation to put America’s veterans back to work.”