By Amie Parnes - 06/27/13 09:13 PM EDT
President Obama on Thursday called for the House to pass immigration reform after the Senate approved its bill.
“Today, the Senate did its job,” Obama said in a statement released minutes after the Senate’s 68-32 vote. “It’s now up to the House to do the same.”
Obama said the Senate vote brought the nation “a critical step closer” to fixing a broken system “once and for all.”
The president, who has made immigration reform one of his top priorities in his second term, called on Americans to reach out to their lawmakers to “do the right thing.”
Obama, traveling in Africa for the next week, called the bipartisan bill a compromise and said that nobody got everything they wanted.
“Not Democrats. Not Republicans. Not me. But the Senate bill is consistent with the key principles for common-sense reform that I, and many others, have repeatedly laid out,” he said.