Congress will pass a long-term funding bill for the Children's Health Insurance Program next week, according to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn.

The Texas Republican made the announcement Friday on Twitter.

The House passed a five-year reauthorization bill for CHIP in October but it has remained stagnant in the Senate because Democrats object to using funding from an Obamacare prevention fund to pay for it.

Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Plan, which covers 9 million children, expired Sept. 30. States run out of funding at different times because they receive funding as a lump sum that they have two years to spend.

A handful of states have sent letters to parents warning them that their children's coverage may run out if Congress doesn't come through on funding soon.