The President also urged Congress to pass voting bills, including the For the People Act that was approved in the Democratic-led House earlier this month.
“This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end,” Biden says in the statement released by the White House. “We have a moral and Constitutional obligation to act. I once again urge Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to make it easier for all eligible Americans access the ballot box and prevent attacks on the sacred right to vote."
Biden said that instead of "celebrating the rights of all Georgians to vote," Republicans in the state "rushed through an un-American law to deny people the right to vote."
The President also added that he will take his case to the American people, “including Republicans who joined the broadest coalition of voters ever in this past election to put country before party.”
More on the law: Republicans in Georgia sped the sweeping elections bill into law Thursday. It passed both chambers of the state's legislature in the span of a few hours. The measure imposes new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, empowers state officials to take over local elections boards, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it illegal to hand out food or water to people standing in line to vote.
The package is part of a national GOP effort that aims to restrict access to the ballot box following record turnout in the election. Republicans cast the measure as necessary to boost confidence in elections after the 2020 election saw Trump make repeated, unsubstantiated claims of fraud. Voting rights advocates say Georgia's rapid-fire action — and plans in other Republican-controlled states to pass restrictions of their own — underscores the need for federal legislation to set a national baseline for voting rules.
Biden, in his first White House news conference Thursday, said that he will "do everything" in his power to halt efforts to restrict voting rights, saying that he thinks the efforts underway in the state legislatures are "un-American."
CNN's Kelly Mena, Fredreka Schouten, Dianne Gallagher and Pamela Kirkland contributed reporting to this post.