The former member of the National Labor Relations Board had been rumored as one of the possible replacements for Andrew Puzder, who dropped out of consideration Wednesday.
Andy Puzder, the controversial fast-food executive who dropped his bid to become USA labor secretary on Wednesday, will return to his job running the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's chains.
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He was then appointed to be US attorney for the Southern District of Florida, where he went after high-profile defendants such as Jack Abramoff and UBS, resulting in the Swiss bank paying more than $750 million in fines for a tax-avoidance scheme.
A senior Republican source on Capitol Hill told NBC News, of the Puzder nomination, "It's dead".
The skepticism of Portman and Thune is notable because they are the first Republican Senators not from the HELP committee to express these concerns.