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 to vote on DC statehood, gender pay gap Moderate Democrats warn leaders against meddling in Iowa race Democrats vow to go 'bold' — with or without GOP MORE (D-Md.), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOver 500,000 people sign up for ObamaCare in special sign-up period Harris in difficult starring role on border Biden's HHS commits another M to ad campaign touting expanded health care coverage MORE (D-Calif.) and House Assistant Minority Leader Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnThe information superhighway must be accessible and affordable for all Pelosi says Ethics Committee should investigate Gaetz The digital divide existed long before COVID-19 — let's make sure it doesn't live on after 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.