President Obama released this statement:
I congratulate the House of Representatives, Speaker Pelosi, Congressman Berman, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other congressional leaders for taking the historic step of passing the DREAM Act today with a bipartisan vote. This vote is not only the right thing to do for a group of talented young people who seek to serve a country they know as their own by continuing their education or serving in the military, but it is the right thing for the United States of America. We are enriched by their talents and the success of their efforts will contribute to our nation’s success and security. And as the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found, the DREAM Act would cut the deficit by $2.2 billion over the next 10 years. I strongly urge the U.S. Senate to also pass the DREAM Act so that I can sign it into law as soon as possible.
It's incredible to watch the House suddenly begin this flurry of legislation, after seeing it fail even to finish its basic business (like passing a budget) before going home for the election. Now that they're in an unaccountable lame-duck situation, the defeated 111th Congress is grabbing for as many third-rail issues as it can — immigration, unionization of public employees, and a full year of spending.