From the Document: "The authorization of appropriations for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) expired at the end of FY 2018. The House Judiciary Committee has voted out an amendment in the nature of a substitute of the reauthorization of the bill (H.R. 1585). The absence of an authorization is no legal impediment to an appropriation, but the absence of an authorization can present parliamentary obstacles during floor consideration of an appropriation. VAWA and its periodic reauthorization amendments consist of grant programs and substantive criminal law provisions. VAWA's grant programs are covered in detail elsewhere. This legal sidebar discusses some of the substantive criminal law issues raised during current reauthorization efforts."
CRS Legal Sidebar, LSB10277
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/