NH House votes to give HHS $7M from surplus

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s House wants to give the Department of Health and Human Services $7 million of the state’s surplus, but the Senate prefers saving the money.

The Democratic-led House voted 185-153 Wednesday to give the money to the department over the objections of Republicans who argued the agency’s budget set last June was the result of a difficult compromise that should be honored and the $9 million in New Hampshire’s savings account is inadequate.

Democrats said the money would help offset reductions to social service programs. They said the spending would leave $8 million of the surplus from last year to be added to the savings account.

The bill faces a high hurdle in the Republican-led Senate which has already defeated a similar effort to reopen the budget.

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