House Republicans take up cause to overturn D.C.’s Initiative 77

D.C. Democrats in the Wilson Building are finding some unlikely bedfellows in their opposition to the voter-adopted referendum that would replace the District’s tipped wage with a standard minimum wage.

According to The Washington Post, two conservative federal lawmakers — Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Gary Palmer, R-Ala. — have proposed amendments that would block the city from spending any money on implementing Initiative 77. Congressional Republicans used a similar measure to block local funds for implementing a D.C. ballot initiative approving recreational marijuana.

Seven D.C. Council members — all Democrats — introduced a bill Tuesday to overturn the measure, which District voters overwhelmingly backed on June 19, 56 to 44 percent.

If enacted, Initiative 77 would do away with the tip credit that allows restaurants to pay tipped employees a lower wage as long as they ensure those workers make at least the full minimum wage with tips. Restaurants would have to pay tipped…

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