This motion is not recognised in our State Legislature, the equivalent motion being "to postpone for the present." I insert it here, because it is used in Congress, and in the Legislative bodies in the Eastern States, and because its use may sometimes be attended with advantage.
The motion to lie on the table is not debatable, and being a privileged one, cannot be amended. It may sometimes be used instead of calling the previous question, and sometimes in place of indefinite postponement.
In Congress, this motion has precedence of all motions excepting a motion to adjourn. This is one of the modes of giving a deathblow to a proposition - it is a sort of previous question. The subject, it is true, may be brought up again, but this seldom happens, as the same majority that adopts the motion to lie on the table, can prevent the matter from being again brought up.