The Senate on Monday is likely to pass a military funding bill to ensure that U.S. troops will be paid in case the government shuts down, a Democratic senator said. 

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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSave lives, restore congressional respect by strengthening opioids’ seizure Overnight Finance: Lawmakers, Treasury look to close tax law loopholes | Trump says he backs gas tax hike | Markets rise despite higher inflation | Fannie Mae asks for .7B Bipartisan Senate group says they have immigration deal MORE (D-Va.) said Sunday that "in all likelihood" the Senate would approve the measure when the upper chamber returns on Monday afternoon.

"In all likelihood we will, we think it's insufficient, it doesn't cover the VA (Veterans Affairs) and other important workers, but I don't suspect it will be too controversial," Kaine told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

Kaine also noted that the Senate "will act" on the revamped, House-passed bill to avoid a government shutdown that includes provisions to delay the implementation of the president's healthcare law and repeals a tax on medical devices.

If the Congress fails to send a funding bill to the president by Tuesday, then the government would shut down - at least temporarily - until an agreement could be reached.

The House wanted to ensure that the troops would continue to receive payments in the instance that such a shutdown occurs.