D.C. Council debates ‘living wage’ and Wal-Mart

Catania, Bowser and Wells — seen during the July vote on the Large Retailer Accountability Act — have been targeted by bill supporters seeking to swing their votes. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

The D.C. Council is undertaking a final debate Tuesday over whether to require the District’s largest retailers — including several planned Wal-Marts — to pay their employees a “living wage” of no less than $12.50 an hour in combined wages and benefits. To override Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s veto, nine of 13 council members would have to support the move. The original bill passed in July on an 8-to-5 vote.

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