05/21/2013 08:35 pm ET Updated Jul 21, 2013

Obama Applauds Immigration Bill Vote: 'We All Owe It To The American People' To Bring Results

President Barack Obama lauded the Senate Judiciary Committee's passing of an immigration bill on Tuesday, calling the action "a strong bipartisan vote."

Obama released a statement after the Senate's 13-5 decision in favor of the measure, applauding the inclusion of many of the "principles of commonsense reform" he has proposed.

Below, Obama's full remarks as released by the White House:

I congratulate the Senate Judiciary Committee on completing its work on S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Thanks to the leadership of Chairman Leahy and a bipartisan group of eight Senators, the legislation that passed the Judiciary Committee with a strong bipartisan vote is largely consistent with the principles of commonsense reform I have proposed and meets the challenge of fixing our broken immigration system. The process for considering this legislation has been open and inclusive with multiple hearings, and more than a hundred amendments were considered and adopted, in many cases with bipartisan support. I applaud the Committee members for their hard work, especially “Gang of Eight” members Senators Schumer, Durbin, Graham and Flake. None of the Committee members got everything they wanted, and neither did I , but in the end, we all owe it to the American people to get the best possible result over the finish line. I encourage the full Senate to bring this bipartisan bill to the floor at the at the earliest possible opportunity and remain hopeful that the amendment process will lead to further improvements.



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