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Gov't dysfunction may be baked into the system

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Photo -   Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, following the Democratic policy luncheon Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Despite years of hand-wringing in both parties, little progress has been made toward changing congressional rules on filibusters, senatorial “holds” on presidential nominees and other stalling ploys. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, following the Democratic policy luncheon Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Despite years of hand-wringing in both parties, little progress has been made toward changing congressional rules on filibusters, senatorial “holds” on presidential nominees and other stalling ploys. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The works do seem to be "gummed up" on Capitol Hill. And President Barack Obama isn't the only one to say so.

Yet despite years of hand-wringing in both parties, little progress has been made toward changing congressional rules on filibusters, senatorial "holds" on presidential nominees and other stalling tactics.

Inhibiting forward motion is the fact that all lawmakers are keenly aware that their party is always just one congressional election away from losing — or gaining — majority control. Many GOP delaying tactics now decried by Democrats were used by the Democrats themselves just a few years ago when Republicans were in charge.

Adding to the present obstacle course on Capitol Hill is a sudden rash of investigations into Obama administration steps and missteps.

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