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Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

George Floyd's family told reporters on Tuesday that President Biden assured them he was still committed to passing a police reform bill and "doing everything to make sure [Floyd's] legacy was respected."

Why it matters: The family's visit to the White House came on the one-year anniversary of Floyd's murder. Congress is expected to miss Biden's self-imposed May 25 deadline for passing police reform legislation, which has stalled in the Senate due to Republican opposition to certain provisions.

What they're saying: “[Biden] said of the deadline, he’s not happy about it not being met, but all in all he just wants the bill to be right,” Brandon Williams, Floyd's nephew, told reporters outside the White House.

  • Ben Crump, an attorney for the Floyd family, added that Biden "said that he doesn't want to sign a bill that doesn't have substance and meaning, so he is going to be patient, to make sure it's the right bill."
  • Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, renewed his call for lawmakers to pass the police reform bill, saying, "If you can make federal laws to protect the bird which is the bald eagle, then you can make federal laws to protect people of color."

Earlier Tuesday, Biden tweeted: "It’s been one year since George Floyd was murdered. In that time, George’s family has shown extraordinary courage."

  • "Last month’s conviction was a step towards justice – but we cannot stop there. We face an inflection point. We have to act."

Go deeper: Chauvin verdicts reduce pressure for police reform

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George Floyd's family to meet with Pelosi on anniversary of murder

Nancy Pelosi speaking in June 2020 on a police reform bill named after George Floyd. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Members of George Floyd’s family on Tuesday will meet with lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), on the one-year anniversary of Floyd's murder in Minneapolis, CNN and NBC News report.

Why it matters: The meeting comes amid negotiations on a police reform bill named after Floyd that the House passed in March. The legislation has stalled in the Senate due to Republican opposition to certain provisions, including curbing qualified immunity for police officers.

Biden to meet George Floyd's family at White House

George Floyd's sister Bridgett Floyd (C) speaks, flanked by Rev. Al Sharpton (R) and Attorney Ben Crump (L), in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 23. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden will meet privately with the family of George Floyd on Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of Floyd's murder, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday.

Why it matters: The White House meeting comes after Derek Chauvin was found guilty in Floyd's murder; a trial advocates saw as one of the most crucial civil rights cases in decades.

May 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Karen Bass: Income inequality is the greatest disparity in justice system

Income inequality affects people's ability to defend themselves and get proper legal representation during criminal trials, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said during an Axios event on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Bass is the lead House negotiator in talks over the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House in March but has stalled in the Senate due to Republican opposition to certain provisions, including curbing qualified immunity for police officers.