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Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced in letter to members on Friday that she is extending proxy voting in the chamber until Oct. 1 in response to a surge in new coronavirus cases driven by the Delta variant.

Why it matters: Despite initial opposition and a lawsuit from House Republicans, remote voting is quickly becoming the norm. Some members have even pressured Pelosi to make the arrangement permanent.

Between the lines: The extension will allow lawmakers to spend more time in their districts throughout the fall when the House is expected to take up major pieces of legislation, including a bipartisan infrastructure deal, budget reconciliation resolution, annual spending package, and motion to increase the debt ceiling, Axios' Hans Nichols reports.

Go deeper: How much the House has voted remotely during COVID

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Oct 22, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Minnesota House to remain hybrid in 2022

The House chamber, pictured in April 2020. Photo: John Autey/MediaNews Group/St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images

The Minnesota House will continue pandemic-era precautions and restrictions on public access.

Driving the news: In an email to members and staff Thursday, House Speaker Melissa Hortman said the chamber "will continue remote and hybrid operations at least through the end of the 2022 regular session."

  • That means many legislators will participate (and vote) in floor sessions from home. Most committee hearings will also be conducted online.

Not enough votes for corporate tax hike, Biden says

President Biden speaks at the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Photo: Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Democrats don't have the votes to raise corporate taxes, President Biden admitted at Thursday's CNN town hall in Baltimore, Maryland, where he went into detail on the state of negotiations concerning the massive reconciliation bill.

Why it matters: Democrats are still negotiating what will go into the bill. Divisions within the party have stalled the legislation for weeks.

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Scoop: Facebook exec warns of "more bad headlines"

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.

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