Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., announced an increase in federal funding to RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf at an event Jan. 21. This year’s federal budget allocates $66.29 million for NTID, an increase of $4.29 million. That increase is critical for NTID, which last year dealt with a cut of $3.4 million due to the federal sequestration. The additional funding will allow NTID to keep employment stable and maintain programs it offers its students, said Schumer and NTID President Gerry Buckley. This year, 1,432 students from across the U.S. and beyond are enrolled in NTID or receive support services from the college while enrolled in other colleges of RIT. NTID will also be able to purchase innovative technology and renovate outdated facilities with the funding.