The House Democratic leadership split in support for a measure that would give the Veterans Affairs Secretary authority to fire senior executives.

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Pelosi voted for the bill, which passed 390-33. But House Minority Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse approves 'right to try,' sends bill to Trump's desk Hillicon Valley: Mnuchin urges antitrust review of tech | Progressives want to break up Facebook | Classified election security briefing set for Tuesday | Tech CEOs face pressure to appear before Congress Pelosi: Discharge petition won't promote Trump's wall MORE (D-Md.), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCarmakers to Trump: 'Climate change is real' Mugshots.com’s alleged co-owners arrested, charged with extortion States appeal court ruling in attempt to save Obama-era financial rule MORE (D-Calif.) and House Assistant Minority Leader Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnGender and race shouldn't define your politics Hoyer declines to endorse call for leadership shake-up if Dems lose House Overnight Tech: Dem FCC commish stepping down | Lawmakers clash over internet 'fast lanes' | Tech giants vow not to help government cyberattacks | Tax filers to get extension after IRS tech troubles MORE (D-S.C.), all voted in opposition. All 33 votes against the measure came from Democrats.

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Hoyer, who represents thousands of federal workers, said the measure would potentially undermine the civil service system.

"If the allegations are true, heads ought to roll. That's not what this legislation is about," Hoyer said. "This legislation is about a knee-jerk reaction to a broad situation.

"I cannot support this bill as written,” Hoyer continued. “I believe it opens the door to undoing the careful civil service protections that have been in place for decades.”

Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine), the top Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, is a candidate for governor. During floor debate, he agreed with some of the other Democrats' concerns but said the bill should still move on to the Senate.

"This bill does not address the problem systematically within the VA," Michaud said. But, he added "we must move forward to deal with this issue."

No Republicans voted against the bill.