A Congressperson’s work is never done
A large part of Boland’s job was remaining informed on various legislative efforts, offering remarks on legislation, meeting with Congressional colleagues, and attending events. It was common to create legislative files on specific issues, which contained research, tracked meetings, and provided strategy about votes. One example is the acid rain legislation in which Boland’s staff compiled research and other information for the Acid Rain Hearings in 1986, about the effects of acid rain. The collection also contains photographs of Boland working during the hearings, and even a ‘Stop Acid Rain’ button that a colleague was wearing.
Representatives from the House are often sent to other countries for diplomacy, to further global initiatives, or participate in conferences and fact-finding trips. Some of the countries that Boland traveled to during his time in Congress were Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, China, Japan, and the Philippines. Boland was also part of a U.S. congressional delegation that traveled to South Korea in 1969.
Over the course of the trip Boland went to meetings, attended cultural events, and even had a little fun singing and doing the limbo. The delegation also traveled to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) , the border set at the end of the Korean War. When Boland visited with his colleagues in 1969, it was nearing the end of Korean conflict along the DMZ. The United States committed itself as a South Korean ally in 1953 and remains an economic and strategic partner today.