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MEMPHIS, IN (WDRB) -- If you spend just a short time in her Indiana home, you start to notice a pattern. A presence of Air Force memorabilia scattered.
Bumper stickers. Flags. Yard signs. The blankets. The tattoo on Kristy Demas' wrist she got four months ago.
"He's only seen it on Facebook. He has not seen it in person, so I'm excited to show him. Obviously, I am a proud mom," Demas says talking about her son Bryan, who is set to graduate next month from an Air Force medical program. "I could go without paying my bills if I could just go see my son."
But Demas will likely miss her son's graduation. As a U.S. Census Bureau worker at the federal office in Jeffersonville, Ind., Demas is among the tens of thousands of furloughed federal government workers who missed out on her paycheck after being forced off the job for 16 days of the shutdown.
While the news that Congress had officially voted to end the government shutdown late Wednesday night was welcomed information to Demas, she says the damage is already done. She claims she will likely not be able to afford to go to her son's graduation at a Nevada Air Force base.
"Which is devastating because I haven't seen him in a 11 months and he's my only child and I miss him terribly," Demas said. "With us not working going on three weeks I don't see how that's going to be feasible to go."
It's a hefty toll that can't be repaid, even with news that shutdown is over.
"He's devastated of course... so of course he is upset," Demas says of her son Bryan, 20.
Kristy Demas is left not only with a hole in her checkbook, but questions to Congress over why she missed work.
"First of all, I think like they're acting like a bunch of two year olds. It seems like whatever they passed today, I don't even understand the shutdown did at this point. What did it solve?," she asked.
Rep. Todd Young, R - Indiana's 9th District - who represents Demas' district - was among only two U.S. House Republicans from Indiana's delegation to vote in favor of the bill to end the government shutdown.
Kentucky's U.S. House delegation voted in favor of it 4 to 2 with Republicans Thomas Massie and Andy Barr voting against ending the shutdown. The lone Democrat in the group, Rep. John Yarmuth, voted in favor of the bill.
A Congressional aide to Yarmuth said the measure does include back pay for federal workers.