The full Senate is taking up its $11.3 billion budget proposal as a partisan and contentious budget season continues.
Senate budget writers restored most of the House cuts to social service programs that prompted a backlash of criticism.
Republicans maintain the Senate plan restores money for the state's most vulnerable citizens while Democrats say it cuts taxes for big businesses at the expense of everyone else.
After the Senate votes, House and Senate budget writers will then finalize a plan to send to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan's desk. She can veto the budget or let it pass into law without her signature.
The existing $10.7 billion spending plan ends June 30.