Putting something on the table always meant, to me, to bring it forward for discussion or examination. Tabling a question is a parliamentary/congressional thing to do, and it means putting it on a table for later discussion. If it helps, think of it as a side table.
Perhaps we should change the idiom to "nightstanding the question."
It would make congressional debates more titillating, anyhow.
Umbrage, etc. I was trying to say that "putting something on the table" is NOT the same thing as "tabling" it. The first implies immediate discussion; the second, delayed until a later time. Sorry I wasn't more clear. I was eating Cheddar Lit'l Smokies and typing with my mouth full.
According to http://www.parlipro.org/table.htm, one could interpret it both ways. To place a question on the table means to introduce it for debate, but not necessarily immediately. However when it is on the table it must be debated at some point during the session.
Well, I should have clarified: they're forvery little kids. The ones who would cry to find their juice boxes are empty because they didn't realize not to squeeze them. Once you are old enough to realize what you're doing, why... then it's fun.