Living wage bill: D.C. Council doesn't override of Gray's veto

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The D.C. Council did not have enough votes to override a mayoral veto and require Walmart and other large retailers to pay their employees a "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.

The council approved the bill in July on an 8-5 vote. Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed it last week.

The council voted Tuesday 7-6 and didn't have the votes required.

It would take nine votes to override the veto, and none of the five councilmembers has indicated a willingness to change his or her vote.

The bill put Washington at the center of a national debate over compensation for low-wage workers and whether certain companies should be required to pay more. Gray, a Democrat, called it a "job killer" and said it would drive away Walmart and several other retailers.

Walmart released a statement praising the council members who votes against the living wage bill.

"We applaud those Council members who rejected pressure from special interest groups to do the right thing by their constituents," said a Walmart spokesman, Steven Restivo.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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