Tancredo said he thinks his amendment is an indicator that the House would crush the reform plan if it passes in the Senate.
"If I were (Speaker of the House) Nancy Pelosi, I'd be asking if she could pass a vote on amnesty on the House side," Tancredo said. "If she lost 50 Democrats on this one, and she says she needs 70 Republicans to pass the immigration plan, this is an interesting indicator of things coming down the pike, and that the times, they are a-changing."
UPDATE: Will President Bush veto this bill? See this story. Lead paragraphs:
The House passed a $37.4 billion fiscal 2008 Homeland Security spending bill Friday on a 268-150 vote in the face of a White House veto threat over its price tag that is $2.1 billion above President Bush's request.
Forty-five Republicans crossed the aisle to support the bill but not enough to override a veto if Bush follows through on his threat.
Could the passage of this amendment be a way of putting some pressure on the president--to rally enough Republicans to the bill to defend it?