Speaking during a news conference in South Africa with President Jacob Zuma, the President said there was more than enough time for Congress to get him a bill before the August recess.
Obama says he has urged both House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to find a way to pass a bill. He says the broad immigration legislation that cleared the Senate with a large bipartisan majority Thursday is a “sound framework” that has been debated for weeks.
Obama says the House has a “bunch of weeks” to get the bill done and “now’s the time.”
Meanwhile, Boehner has repeatedly reiterated his claims that the House will not take up the Senate legislation.
“The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes,” Boehner said on Thursday. “We’re going to do our own bill through regular order, and it will [be] legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.