Just weeks after Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Tex., agreed to move forward with John D. Hawke Jr.'s confirmation as comptroller of the currency, Sen. Strom Thurmond has thrown up a roadblock.

Minutes before the Senate was to vote on Mr. Hawke's confirmation Sept. 29, Sen. Thurmond put a "hold" on it. The South Carolina Republican's beef is not with Mr. Hawke, however. It is with Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers and his agency's policy of letting some winemakers make positive health claims on their labels. Years ago, Sen. Thurmond's eldest daughter was killed by a drunken driver.

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