Congress ignored President Bush's certain veto Tuesday and sent him legislation ordering troops out of Iraq, underscoring the action with a Capitol ceremony on the fourth anniversary of Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech on the war.
Even as they urged the president to change his mind and sign the bill, Democratic leaders quietly considered what might be included or kept out of their next version.
In a day of high-stakes political theater, Democrats held an unusual signing ceremony of the $124.2 billion bill before sending it to the White House.
"The president has put our troops in the middle of a civil war," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "Reality on the ground proves what we all know: A change of course is needed."
For his part, Bush flew to Florida to meet with military commanders and said the Democratic proposal would turn Iraq into a "cauldron of chaos."