Congress poised not to meet Biden's deadline on police reform on anniversary of Floyd's death

The sticking point in negotiations is a legal doctrine called qualified immunity that makes suing an individual police officer difficult.
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Capitol Police car.
Capitol Police car at U.S. Capitol April 28, 2021.
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President Biden called on Congress to pass a sweeping police reform bill by Tuesday, the anniversary of George Floyd's death, which is not expected to happen by the end of the day.

Members of both parties say they're making progress in the development of the bill, but it isn't likely to be finalized and ready for a vote anytime soon after due to more work and negotiations needed. 

"It felt good – there was a conversation on the floor with Cory and Tim and Lindsey Graham and myself. I felt good about it. But no sooner did the staff get together that they found some areas where they still need work,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said. 

Durbin was referring to Sens. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, and Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham, both South Carolina Republicans – all top Senate negotiators for the bill.

The chief House negotiator is Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif. 

The sticking point in negotiations is a legal doctrine called qualified immunity, which makes it difficult to sue individual officers. However, Booker, Scott and Bass have signaled that ending qualified immunity entirely is unlikely, according to NBC News

Scott said there's a "conscious effort' to keep both parties involved and negotiating rather than "debating back and forth." 

Democrats will need 10 Republicans to support the bill in order to avoid a filibuster, further encouraging dialogue and discussion between the two sides. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congress members were expected to meet with the Floyd family on Tuesday, the anniversary of his death in Minneapolis police custody The family will also meet with Biden at the White House in the afternoon.