Washington — The Biden administration is asking Congress to add at least $10 billion in new spending for humanitarian assistance and military operations related to Ukraine — a sharp uptick in requested spending from just a few days ago. Two people familiar with the request confirmed the figures to CBS News. The new spending is part of a broader ask that includes a $22.5 billion request for spending related to the COVID-19 pandemic and work to prepare for future pandemics. Shalanda Young, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, made the formal request for supplemental funding for "critical assistance" to Ukraine and the response to COVID-19 in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent late Wednesday. "Given the rapidly evolving situation in Ukraine, I anticipate that additional needs may arise over time," Young warned lawmakers in the letter. She added that the current request is based on "the administration's best information on resource requirements at this time" — in other words, Congress should expect the need to pay more to support the Ukrainian people. On pandemic spending, Young added that the Biden administration's new national COVID-19 preparedness plan will likely need more money "to help America move forward safely and get us back to our more normal routines." Of the $10 billion the Biden administration is seeking in assistance for Ukraine, $4.8 billion would go to the Defense Department to support U.S. troop deployments to neighboring countries in support of NATO efforts and provide more military equipment to Ukraine. The request also includes $5 billion for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development to boost security and economic assistance to Ukraine and regional allies, of which $2.75 billion would provide humanitarian assistance. The new requested spending on the pandemic and national security could be added to a sweeping annual spending bill under consideration on Capitol Hill. The current short-term spending agreement expires March 11, but it's unclear if negotiators will include this fresh requ . . . read the full article here.