Amid the ongoing debates over tax and healthcare legislation, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., thinks upper chamber Republicans need to come up with legislation that requires less arm-twisting.
Asked by the Washington Examiner what needs to change for Republicans to actually land bills on the president's desk, Johnson didn't miss a beat before replying, "Come up with legislation that helps sell itself."
But, we pushed, is there any systemic problem in the Senate GOP conference?
"Well, if we're not coming up with legislation that, again, sells itself, I would say that's a problem," Johnson insisted.
The senator pointed to recent drafting processes that ended with leadership "twist[ing] arms" before votes. "On major pieces of legislation," said Johnson, "I would like to see a litte more democratic process within our conference."
One suggestion? Bring bills "before the conference in an organized fashion [and] let us vote on what the components ought to be of the legislation," Johnson proposed.
"We need leadership on these big issues," the senator added later in the interview, to "develop legislation that the public supports that is far more sale-able than in the past."
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.